April 10, 2012

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Adenta, Kojo Adu Asare is skeptical about the ability of traditional rulers to reconcile President John Mills and former President Jerry Rawlings.

He said the eminent chiefs are not professional mediators thus lack the requisite skills to settle the rift between the sitting President and his predecessor.

Adu Asare was reacting to the formation of a Coalition of Traditional Rulers by the NDC to settle the almost four years rift between Mr. Rawlings and President Mills ahead of the December polls.

This initiative by the ruling party is to ensure the Rawlingses play active role in the ruling party’s electioneering campaign as President Mills bids for a second term.

However, on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Thursday, Kojo Adu Asare proposed the ruling party employs a professional mediator to initiate the peace process.

He noted that a professional mediator would know the appropriate strategy to adopt to ensure the two gentlemen settle their differences amicably to avoid any factionalism in the NDC.

The Adenta MP feared the consequences for the NDC if the wrangling between them becomes protracted – at a time he said the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is desperate to win power.

Kojo Adu Asare said the onus lies on the National Executives of the NDC to ensure a united front for a resounding victory on December 7.

Meanwhile, the Progressive Peoples’ Party (PPP) Parliamentary candidate for Ayawaso West Wugon, William Duworkpor wondered why the NDC has ignored its Council of Elders and is now counting on chiefs to settle its internal matters.

He said the intervention of the chiefs in partisan politics sends a wrong signal about the country’s chieftaincy institution.

William Duworkpor advised the ruling party not to allow its internal issues affect the governance of the country.