Trouble Brews In PNC


Alhaji Ramadan and Dr Edward Mahama

The National Organizer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Emmanuel Wilson, has stated that there is internal wrangling bedevilling the party.

 He noted that if the problem is not tackled, it would remain an impediment to the realization of any anticipated or intended success.

Mr. Wilson blamed Chairman and leader of the PNC, Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan, for the problems, saying he wanted to hijack the party. 

He said Alhaji Ramadan was a diversionist whose actions, if not promptly checked, would ruin the party and what it stood for.

Mr. Wilson was speaking at a press conference in Accra, attended by Janet Anabla, National Women’s Organizer, Bernard Mornah, General Secretary, Edward Mahama, 2008 flag-bearer of the party and other party faithful.

Mr. Wilson said, “It is common knowledge that after congress, expectations are that the Chairman and leader would rally all elected national officers which include Hassan Ayariga, Ahmed Ramadan, Hajia Ali M. Boya, Bernard Mornah, David Apasera, Janet Nabla and Abu Ramadan and call a truce, for after every contest there are dashed hopes”.

However, he said since congress ended on February 5, 2012, the chairman and leader of the party had not deemed it appropriate to sit with elected officers to solve the internal dispute going on, but had rather called on all party members to rally behind the chosen flag-bearer, Hassan Ayariga, in a press statement.

According to Mr. Wilson, the Chairman could not organize a press conference to call for support for the party’s flag-bearer, when he had not made efforts to address the issues in the party after the last congress.

Mr. Wilson has therefore said the press conference organized by the national chairman was illegal.

He said the Chairman had no mandate to make a decision on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC) on policy without the knowledge and contributions of the leadership.

He said issues of organization must come from the national organization office, through the general secretary, who is the chief executive and administrative head, to the standing committee.

Mr. Wilson said parliamentary primaries, modalities, among others, were the sole decision of the National Executive Council and not any national chairman.

He said there was nothing like an existing manifesto committee of the party, as Alhaji Ramadan, in his press statement, sought to make the public believe.

“It is overwhelmingly clear that the chairman wants to circumvent the provision in the PNC constitution but this would be dangerous and too much for the party in a crucial election time like this”, he said.

Mr. Wilson said the National Organizer, Women Organizer and other positions were supposed to have two deputies and not one as the chairman was making the public to believe in his press statement. This, he said, clearly showed the chairman’s intention to mislead the general public.

“Maybe in the minds of the Chairman he wants to be a one- man show. He does not need the other elected officers to manifest the agenda set by congress-this is hilarious”, he said.

Mr. Wilson urged the party to close it ranks for better results come the December 7 elections.

The onus, he said, lay on the executives to ensure that they worked through the mandate and resolution of the congress.

He called on the elected leadership of the party to resume the discussions towards the unity process with the CPP, and to present a report of options by April 15, 2012 to the Electoral Commission as they discussed at the last congress.

Mr. Wilson assured congress members that they would, in justifying the confidence they had repose in them, do everything possible not to disappoint them and that every resolution they made at the last congress shall be executed.

He apologized to the party supporters for the way their national chairman sought to mislead them.

By Cephas Larbi

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