US-based Ghanaian Lecturer and Polific Writer Dr. Michael Jarvis Bokor has bemoaned and decried comments made by the Former President Jerry John Rawlings in a tweet, that the NDC will stay in opposition for a long time.
According to Dr. Michael Jarvis Bokor, the Former President Rawlings’s comment was simply out of place and must stop wasting their ears with needless rants.
“For Rawlings to pick on Vanderpuye’s overzealousness to go the way he did is unfortunate, but not unexpected.
If Rawlings were honest to the truth, he would be the first to know how his own role in the affairs of the NDC speaks volumes”. He cited.
In rebutting Odododiodoo MP, Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye’s claim that the NDC would win the 2020 general elections, so it can release incarcerated ex-MP, Abuga Pele, jailed six years for corruption, Rawlings said the thought is so wrong for the quest for power, causing him to spell doom for the NDC party in the next elections.
According to Jarvis Bokor, all the noise Mr. Rawlings is making about he and his wife’s being ostracized by the NDC makes a huge mockery of him.
“What happened for him to be divested of the accolade (“Father-and-Founder of the NDC”) has its ramifications. Clearly, the cult that Rawlings sought to sustain in the NDC won’t work for him anymore.
No matter his predilection, the truth remains that in politics, the pendulum swings as it will, depending on what happens”. He reiterated.
Below is the full write-ups by Michael Jarvis Bokor
Michael Jarvis Bokor writes..
RAWLINGS IS STILL “WASTING” OUR EARS
Just listen to him rant again:
“NDC will stay in opposition for a long time – Rawlings”
“Former President Jerry Rawlings has warned the National Democratic Congress (NDC) risks a very long stay in opposition if the thoughts of certain party leaders hold true.
“In a tweet directly rebutting Odododiodoo MP, Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye’s claim that the NDC would win the 2020 general elections so it can release incarcerated ex-MP, Abuga Pele, jailed six years for corruption, Rawlings said the thought is so wrong for the quest for power.
“Stealing and corruption puts no one above the law. Those who have committed crimes deserve to be punished,” Rawlings tweeted in a post he titled “POLITICAL POWER NOT FOR FREEING THE GUILTY.”
Nii Lante Vanderpuiye’s utterance isn’t in consonance with the NDC’s stance. The party has already dissociated itself from it, meaning that the party has risen above such pettiness. Wasn’t it under the NDC government that Abuga pele and Assibit were put before court? If the party didn’t want them to end up in prison, why did the Mahama administration ensure their prosecution?
For Rawlings to pick on Vanderpuiye’s overzealousness to go the way he did is unfortunate, but not unexpected.
If Rawlings were honest to the truth, he would be the first to know how his own role in the affairs of the NDC speaks volumes.
When the NDC was formed in 1992, skeptics wondered if it would ever win political power because of the heavy baggage that Rawlings himself had brought along—How about the atrocities associated with his AFRC and PNDC governments that critics, opponents, and haters of anything Rawlings stood on to wish the party doom?
Regardless of it all, Rawlings won the Presidential elections in November 1992 to the anger and dismay of his bitter opponents in the NPP and pro-Nkrumahist camps. We know why the NPP chose to write “The Stolen Verdict” after Rawlings had trounced Professor Albert Adu Boahen.
Move on to Election 1996 to see Rawlings whip Kufuor despite all the forces mobilized against the NDC at the time just because of the bitterness that Rawlings was accused of causing in the body politic.
Then, at Elections 2000 and 2004, the NDC lost traction but rebounded at Elections 2008 and 2012.
The defeat that it suffered at Election 2016 can be traced to reasons that point to the treachery of Rawlings, his wife, and those in their pockets to cause trouble in the NDC.
Rawlings turned himself into a “bat” (neither with the NDC fully nor with his wife’s NDP). He refused to break ranks with the NDC, even as he continued to stab it in the back. He refused to campaign for it and did all in his power to paint it black. He tilted more to the party’s opponents and has remained so to date.
All the noise he is making about he and his wife’s being ostracized by the NDC makes a huge mockery of him. What happened for him to be divested of the accolade (“Father-and-Founder of the NDC”) has its ramifications. Clearly, the cult that Rawlings sought to sustain in the NDC won’t work for him anymore.
No matter his predilection, the truth remains that in politics, the pendulum swings as it will, depending on what happens. Factors that determine the electoral fate of political parties go beyond mere misguided utterances of the kind coming from Nii Lante Vanderpuiye. Had the NDC Establishment agreed with him, the story might be different; but it has quickly damned him. So, how does that predetermine the fate of the NDC?
Of course, Rawlings can have his say and his own way; but whatever tickles him isn’t the truth intoto about the fate of the NDC.
In truth, Rawlings and his wife have done more harm to their own political interests than they would want to do to the NDC. The door is shut thick against any comeback b y them, which irks them to the marrow.
They should count themselves lucky that the Akufo-Addo government lacks spine. Otherwise, it should be the first to take them on in many ways: human rights abuses, theft, corruption, and many more.
Feeling so secure under Akufo-Addo, what won’t they say against the NDC just to continue enjoying their lives? In the end, the NDC has broken out to prove that it has grown beyond the personality cult that the Rawlingses sought to use it for. If the party could win the polls without the involvement of the Rawlingses in its electioneering campaigns, it can survive, regardless of Rawlings’ ill-wishes just because a Nii Lante Vanderpuiye has goofed.
Let it be said and repeated several times that the factors leading to the NDC’s defeat at Election 2016 are known: intensive propaganda by its opponents and unfounded allegations against the Mahama administration, among others. All that negative propaganda came from several sources, including the Rawlingses themselves.
What will determine the NDC’s fate at future elections will not come from Rawlings’ mouth but the situation in the country as the voters see and feel it.
In any case, what will it benefit the Rawlingses if the NDC stays in opposition for long? Only an embittered person of Rawlings’ sort will predict doom for his own political party. Time will always tell.