By Cecil Mensah
The United Cadres Front (UCF), the promulgators of the 1979 revolution led Jerry John Rawlings, has backed the calls by the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to have all members in good standing to vote in all competitive internal elections across the country.
The cadres front are contesting that attributes such as selflessness, dedication, commitment, honesty, integrity, transparency, hard work and accountability should be considered more, than the issues of monetary consideration which is creeping into the fabric of the party in recent times.
The Cadres front are, therefore, calling on the members of the CRC of the party led by, Mr Ken Dzirasah to do due diligence in reviewing the party’s Constitution because it will take another twenty years to have the Constitution reviewed again.
According to the Cadres, the NDC as a social democratic party was founded on the beliefs of collective ownership of resources and redistribution of same but recent events have obviously left more questions than answers.
Mr Steven Akwetey, one of the contenders in the race to unseat Mr Joseph Ade Coker as the Greater Accra regional chairman of the party, made this comment at the Greater Accra delegate’s conference of the United Cadres Front (UCF) in Accra.
Mr Akwetey a Cadre, was onetime the Constituency chairman of Krowor in the Greater Accra region urged his compatriots to stand up and reignite the values upon which the NDC tradition was founded in the early 1992.
“The issue of corruption and looting of the public purse should remain enemies to our course as people.
A lot of corruption has been brought to light in recent times within our country and public perception of corruption seem to only go up by the day which leaves most of us wondering if this is indeed the same party and structures we founded with our sweat and toil” he posited
According to him, a few square pegs have themselves in round holes and are obviously causing disaffection for both the party and government.
He was hopeful the country will be able to overcome this social canker as the President has demonstrated his commitment to dealing with these issues as when it emerges.
He called on the delegates to put up their collective interest ahead of their personal interest by electing competent leaders to steer the affairs of the association for the next three years.
He said, the Cadre Front had come a long way and promises to go even further in the scheme of the politics of the NDC because of the critical values such as probity, accountability, equity and justice within the party.
Earlier, Mr Piesie Osei Anto, a senior Cadre and a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NDC reminded members to stay united because the party recognizes the existence of the UCF as a wing of the party.
He said unity is key in the development of the party and maintaining power for a long year.