Ghana’s main opposition party the national democratic congress (NDC) says it is not worried about the resignations of some of its ranking members from their positions in parliament. The three say their resignation would enable them effectively support the candidature of former vice president, John Atta-Mills for president in the 2008 elections. But the party has outlawed its office holders from openly declaring their support for any of the party’s prospective presidential aspirants
Johnson Asiedu-Nketia is the general secretary of the NDC. He talked about the recent resignations that have hit the party.
“I don’t understand why people should be worried about the decision by members of the party to perform one function for the party instead of the other. It’s just about that because it’s the national executives that put in place guidelines to regulate the campaigning processes of our prospective presidential candidates,” He said.
Asiedu-Nketia explained the law, which he said regulates party members holding official position to openly support an aspiring presidential candidate.
“The cardinal principle there is that anybody playing any leading role in the party including being a member of the national executive committee or a ranking member in parliament and desirous of supporting a particular presidential candidate must resign their seat…so there ought not to be any furore or cause of worry about it at all,” he said.
Asiedu-Nketia denied popular belief that supporters of the party have been resigning from the party.
“They are wrong. The people are resigning to support a presidential candidate within the party. Nobody is resigning from the party, and nobody is resigning from parliament. So if anybody sees it differently, it is entirely up to them,” Asiedu-Nketia Noted.
He said the recent by-elections held at Offinso North couldn’t be used as a yardstick to predict the NDC’s loss in the country’s tripartite elections.
“Anybody who assesses Offinso as a handsome win for NPP (ruling New Patriotic Party), is possible he does not know the political history of this country. NPP itself is not happy about their performance at Offinso…Since 2000 their (NPP) voter turn out has significantly dwindled. So you can not use Offinso as a measure…” he said.
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