Former President Jerry John Rawlings(left), Dr. Obed Asamoah(right)
insists ex-Prez did not found NDC
Dr. Obed Yao Asamoah, the latest prodigal son of the NDC, also says Rawlings never founded the NDC, giving some credence to suggestions making the rounds, of a grand scheme to neutralise the Rawlingses' hold of the party.
Just a day after his dramatic return to the NDC, Dr Asamoah seems to be stoking the fire on a raging debate surrounding former President Rawlings and his position in the NDC.
According to Obed, the list, which contains the names of persons during the registration of the NDC with the Electoral Commission of Ghana, did not include that of Rawlings.
"I was very instrumental in setting up the NDC, and as far as I am concerned, President Rawlings is not the founder," Obed stated.
Dr. Obed Asamoah parted ways with the NDC to form the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), together with some peeved members of the National Democratic Congress, after the infamous Koforidua Congress in 2006.
left the NDC
together with other senior members of the party, including then acting General Secretary, Bede Ziedeng, and Frances Asiam, a former Women's Organiser, who is now an indispensable member of the New Patriotic Party
dramatic return to the NDC
pointed out that their decision was informed mainly on the premise that internal democracy was gaining considerable ground in the NDC
also stated that the use of violence and intimidation against members with opposing views in the NDC
, were things that precipitated the breaking away of the DFP
When The Chronicle reported some months ago on the intended merger between the DFP
, Dr Asamoah
went berserk, stating that a thing like that could only happen in The Chronicle's wildest imaginations.
"I don't know where they are getting that story from," Dr. Asamoah
told Citi FM, where he
categorically denied the story.
Meanwhile, the biggest opposition party in the country, the New Patriotic Party
says it is not perturbed about the development.
According to the General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, the merger between the two parties was only worth two votes - being those of Dr. Obed Asamoah and Bede Ziedeng.
In a latest development, a Deputy General Secretary NDC, Kofi Adams, has warned that the merger between his party and the DFP
could suffer a setback, if Obed Asamoah
does not tread cautiously.
"I think Dr. Asamoah
should be careful and know what he
is talking about… they should watch their comments and should know that the NDC
, as a party has not met to even accept the merger with DFP
If they continue making comments such as this, that would stir controversy in our party, I believe that many persons will advise themselves," he
told Joy News
maintained that though the merger was yet to be finalised by both parties, comments made by the leader of the DFP
, concerning the internal affairs of the NDC
, had the potency to dwindle the party's fortunes in 2012.