By Cecil Mensah
Dr Kwabena Adjei, will launch his bid today, Wednesday October 8, 2014 to retain his seat as the National Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the Kama Conference centre in Accra.
Sources close to the Chairman, hinted The Herald that Dr Adjei ‘s decision to launch his bid to retain the position for the third time, was upon some consultations he had with the grassroot members of the party across the country.
The Herald learnt that among the tall list of people to grace the occasion today would be the party’s Members of Parliament (MP) and their colleague MPs from the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), as well as the leadership of the United Cadres Front (UCF) of the party.
The launch on today puts to rest the rumour that the former Psychology lecturer of the University of Ghana may not be contesting for the position.
Speaking in an earlier interview, Dr Kwabena Adjei told The Herald that he will not endorse any illegality in his quest of becoming the leader of the party.
I want to deliver victory to the party in these difficult times of the worsening economic situation under the leadership of President John DramaniMahama, and I am the only person who can lead the party to achieve this feat, he said.
The party chairman said, he was a thorough bred lecturer and can go back to lecturing any time he loses the party chairmanship slot.
He was quick to mention that even chaps like Dr. EkowSpioGabrah, the Minister designate for Trade and Industry and the late KwadwoBaahWiredu, former Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, were some of the students he taught at the University of Ghana, Legon.
He said, God being so good he has a rich Curriculum Vitae(CV) that can fetch him a juicy job anytime, he had to exit active politics.
He boasted that he had been a Member of Parliament(MP),First Deputy Chief Whip, Majority Chief Whip, Deputy Minister for Lands and Forestry and
later the substantive Minister, before becoming Chairman of the NDC.
As a democrat am not afraid of competition and i am not hell bent on becoming the party chairman.
Perhaps my competitors, who are bent on becoming chairmen, when the whistle has not been blown, do not have a livelihood apart from become the national chairman, he charged
Dr KwabenaAdjei ,made this comment when he interacted exclusively with The Herald in Accra, after his main contender Mr Kofi Portuphy launched his bid for the party leadership slot sometime back.
He said, his main contender who is also a Vice-chairman of the party and National Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) is perpetuating an illegality, because the party has not completed the election of branch, Constituency and regional executives for the ban on open campaigning for national positions to be lifted.
He said, he would not be pushed to violate the guidelines set out for the election by the functional National Executives Committee (NEC) of the party.
He questioned the integrity of his main competitor in dealing with some of the problems that may arise during the elections as a member of the National Executive Committee.
As a functional national officer, if you behave this way, you can be accused of being bias any time an issue of election dispute comes to your attention, because the supporters will be skeptical of your judgment on certain decisions.
He maintained that he was not perturbed by their actions, but worried about the repercussions of these actions to the unity of the party.
He added that he was putting up a strategy for good governance to negate the notion held by some elements in politics particularly in the NPP that the NDC does not know governance.
Commenting on the economy, the party chairman otherwise known as ‘WayoWayo’ said what the country is experiencing is the results of the ill informed redenomination exercise embarked on by the immediate past New Patriotic Party (NPP) administrations.
He said countries like Korea attempted re-denominating its currency but had to shelve it, when the leaders of that country realized that it will be detrimental to the economy.
He said because of these bad judgments on the part of the NPP and over spending during every elections year have been the bane of the crisis in the economy.
He argued that donor’s agencies have also refused to partner the Government in times of need hence International Monetary Fund (IMF) bail out.
He said the introduction of the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSS) that inflated the national wage bill.
He explains that that coupled with this people are not paying the appropriate taxes on imports and exports.
He added that interestingly, the market fires also compounded the problems with the Government doling out huge sums to remedy the situation thereby resulting in the spending of the national reserve.