A day after the National Democratic Congress’ organiser in the Greater Accra Region, Anthony Nupkenu suggested that the party’s founder Jerry John Rawlings was to blame for their loss in the general elections the Regional Minister has come out to refute those claims.
Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo said the former president could not be blamed for the party’s loss because he had advised them ahead of the polls and that they would have won had they listened to him.
“I don’t think the former president should be blamed for anything because this is somebody I’ve been with at a very close range and worked with and I don’t think he needs to be blamed for whatever situation we are in now,” he said.
“He gave us all the needed advice, whatever it takes for us to remain in office. If at a point he kept quiet, he wasn’t coming out again, I don’t see why he should be blamed for whatever situation we are in now as a political party.”
Nukpenu had said that Rawlings’ constant accusations of corruption created a negative perception in the public’s mind about the party heading into the polls.
“We as a party we have a founder in the person of Jerry John Rawlings and as party members we felt he should be a protective cover for the party and the government; but he chose to arm the opposition against us. The NPP got to our heels by campaigning against us heavily on this so called corruption perception and anytime they made that claim they claimed that the founder of the NDC is the one who said the president is the most corrupt person and his appointees are very corrupt so they should be voted out,” he said.
Afotey-Agbo made the comment in response to the Greater Accra Regional Organizer of the NDC, Anthony Nukpenu, who accused the party’s founder of contributing to their loss.
Afotey Agbo also criticised District Chief Executives who failed to ensure development in their localities leading to apathy from some voters.
“We cannot even blame anybody for our loss. If we had done things well at the various levels, if some DCEs had behaved well and had been on top, being at the service of the people when they were needed, I don’t think we will lose some of the seats especially in the Greater Accra Region and other parts of the country,” he added.
By: Edwin Kwakofi/ghanadecides.com/ghan