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NDP can?t win elections – Ablakwa

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Deputy Information Minister Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa has rubbished the newly formed National Democratic Party (NDP) as a party dead from birth.

?I do not think the NDP has the capacity to organize and win elections in 2012 ? it is still born really,? he said on Joy FM/MultiTV current affair programme, Newsfile on Saturday.

The NDP, which has been linked to the Rawlingses, emerged a couple of days ago with just a few disgruntled leading members of the ruling NDC as its interim leaders.

The link to the Rawlingses stemmed from the fact that those fronting for the NDP now are close allies of the Rawlingses.

Moreover, the spokesperson of the Rawlingses, Kofi Adams said, about a week ago, that Ghanaians should not be surprised to see a new party would emerge to save the NDC from total collapse; and that seem to confirm an earlier statement by Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings that there could be changes on the 2012 ballot paper.

Chairman of the newly formed NDP and former General Secretary of the NDC, Dr. Nii Armah Josiah Aryeh has denied every suggestion the Rawlingses are behind the party.

The NDP is yet to receive certification from the Electoral Commission, but Dr. Josiah Aryeh is on record as saying even if they receive certification two weeks to the 2012 elections, they would contest.

Critics of the NDC have suggested that the caliber of NDC stalwarts behind the NDP means it could deal a bigger blow to the NDC than the National Reform Party (NRP) did in the 2000 elections.

But Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa said the NRP dealt a serious blow to the NDC in 2000 because its members then were cadres who could organize at the grassroot level, but the people linked to the NDP so far are top brass NDC members who do not have the capacity and personnel to organize.

?So far we have not been able to count even five disgruntled leading members of the NDC linked to the NDP and I there is nobody that can convince me that they can organize and make any impact.?

He noted that when Dr. Paa Kwesi Ndoum formed the Progressive People?s Party, it was obvious that he had some clout that could make some impact, but ?these people have not gathered any morse and I think if they have any promoters those promoters will make a quick u-turn soon.?

The Deputy Minister said all the leading members of the NDP had so far denied links with the Rawlingses and the Rawlingses as well as their official spokespersons have also not said a word about the party.

He said the NDC is still not sure whether the Rawlingses are indeed behind the party, adding that the NDC had issued a statement to say the founder, Mr. Jerry John Rawlings has not indicated to the party he is leaving.

Mr. Okudjeto Ablakwa noted that even if the Rawlingses do not campaign for the NDC this year, that is not a guarantee the NDC would lose, saying that in 2000 and year 2004, the Rawlingses were on the NDC campaign trail and yet the NDC lost on both occasions.

Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako said there is no guarantee NDC would lose the 2012 elections because of the NDP, adding that ?in the unlikely event the NDC wins that will be the end for the Rawlingses in Ghana?s politics unless there is a disruption of the process, which is very unlikely.? Communication Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akomea said the people behind the NRP in year 2000 could not be compared with the stature of the people being linked to the newly formed NDP, adding that on that account, the NDP posed a greater threat to the fortunes of the NDC in this year?s elections. Meanwhile the NDP is still yet to be fully certified by the Electoral Commission as a fully-fledged political party in Ghana.

Source Adom News Ghana

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