May 6, 2011

The Minister of Employment and Social Welfare, Hon E.T Mensah says it is time party founder and former President Jerry John Rawlings and his wife gave up their “shares” in the NDC and allowed the party to grow.

According to him, the only person capable of bringing victory to the NDC in the 2012 elections is President Mills hence there is no need for him to be changed.

The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) goes to congress in July to elect a flagbearer to lead the party ahead of the 2012 elections. President Mills’s main challenger is former first Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings who has accused him (President Mills) of leading the party astray.

Launching her campaign at the International Conference Centre on Wednesday May 4, former President Jerry John Rawlings said that until the NDC changes the “gear” and the “driver” the party will lose the 2012 elections.

However, speaking on the Citi Eyewitness News on Thursday May 5, the Ningo Prampram MP dismissed the assertions, noting that it will be disastrous to change the so-called driver of the ruling party just after his first term in power.

“We had three elections before 7 January 2009 and after the three elections the transition took a while before he (President Mills)was able to assemble his team through no fault of his and for me the development that I see around, the progress that he has made is a miracle…I think that he is on course and I think this is not the tome to change the driver. I don’t believe in that opinion that is why I still support him.

“We are in a political party which is a corporate entity, we worked to put the building blocks together to get this party to where it is. And in a corporate entity before any company is floated there are people that you call promoters. Two-three people throw ideas about and they work at it and get the company floated. When the company is floated people buy shares into it and the promoters who follow the flotation become the equity shareholders and once you make it a public entity other people who buy into your vision will also buy shares and become owners as well, so when you disagree on any issue and you think you do not want to be part of the company what you do is that you sell your shares.

“So the NDC is a corporate entity and all of us have shares in it, many of us spent most part of our youthful lives working for this party and when we find that the leadership is correct like what we have today we will follow that leadership”.

Hon E.T Mensah noted that there is no doubt that President Mills will be given the nod for a second term in office.

He however added that the internal wrangling in the NDC party will not break the party and lead to electoral defeat.

source: citifmonline