…But Vigilant Ade Coker Disqualifies Them
By Cecil Mensah
It is now emerging that the mass disqualification of some aspirants in the Greater Accra Region (GAR) National Democratic Congress (NDC) regional executives race, stem from their association with the defunct National Democratic Party (NDP), owned and financed by the former First lady, Mrs Konadu Agyemang Rawlings.
According to information emanating from the Kawoduki junction regional office of the ruling NDC, majority of the aspirants vying for the Regional and Constituency Executives positions who were disqualified during the regional vetting exercise, was over their association with the NDP.
The information revealed that the aspirants, who are bleating and threatening to place an interlocutory injunction on the election exercise were polling station executives and functional executive members for the NDP.
The members of the party, since Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings’ disqualification by the Electoral Commission (EC) in the 2012 presidential election, has had majority of its members returning to the NDC without renouncing their membership of the party.
The information says during the Friends of Nana Agyemang (FONA) electioneering campaign for the 2010 flag bearership race between Get Atta-Mills Elected (GAME) many of the followers joined the former First Lady, when she formed her own party.
When the President of the 31st December Women’s Movement (DWM), Mrs Rawlings resigned her position as Vice-Chairperson to contest the late President John Atta-Mills, her supporters who supported FONKA campaign and later integrated into the NDC and were cleared to contest, but those who were unclear about their positions in the NDP were disqualified by the region.
The Herald has learnt that the Vetting Committee of the region, which is usually made up of two Regional Executive members and two executive members from the Constituency being contested by aspirants, did a diligent work by identifying the infiltrators that have joined the race to be elected as Constituency executives and regional executives.
The regional officers who spoke to The Herald on condition of anonymity, sighted the case of Mr Saint Osei, the former Director of Operations for FONKA, who returned to the party when the General Secretary, Mr. John Asiedu-Nketia, issued a statement disbanding all such campaign sprinter groups in the party sympathetic to the two main presidential aspirants.
They said, the likes of Mr Osei and others openly campaigned for the party during the 2012 presidential election, which saw President John Dramani Mahama trouncing Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the last elections.
And Mr Osei has since then been elected as the Okaikoi North Propaganda Secretary for the party.
Others who held onto their positions as agents for the NDP until the NDC opened nominations for aspirants to file and contest the various positions in the region and presented themselves as party supporters were disqualified.