Ghana’s former President and founder of the National
Democratic Congress (NDC), Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings has
charged the Volta Regional caucus of the party in Parliament
to champion the spirit of truth and candour as post mortem is
performed on the December 2016 electoral loss.
The integrity factor, the former President intimated had
suffered. “It has been ambushed and held hostage. The time
has come to free the truth,” the party founder said when the
Volta Regional caucus of the NDC called on him at his office
Former President Rawlings called for sincerity in speech,
thought and action as the party sought to identify the root
causes of its electoral loss saying, “The time to free the truth
“What our supporters need is candour. If you want them to
stay united, if you want them to be a little strong, all you can
offer them now is candour. Don’t engage in political talk of
the past,” the former President said.
Responding to commentary that he was gunning to take over
the NDC, President Rawlings said: “ I wish I could say yes,
but I think it sounds better in my ear to say that I want God to
come and lead us because of the integrity factor. God can be
found in the truth.”
The former President said the misuse of Executive power by
some people had with time led to the detachment of the party
from the people, stating the intoxicating effects of power had
made many leaders of the party and government impervious to
reality. “We adopted certain habits which were going to lead to
failure and we were not seeing it. The mistakes were too
obvious,” he stated.
The Member of Parliament for Ho West, Emmanuel Kwasi
Bedzrah who led the delegation thanked the former President
for the audience and indicated that the purpose of the meeting
was to open channels of communication so they could tap
into his rich experience.
Kobina Andoh Amoakwa
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