Ghana: Rawlings Is Ungrateful - Yells Okudzeto the Acidic Mouth

Ho — The acidic mouth of Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has descended on the founder of the party he rode on to become Deputy Minister of Information of this Republic, right from the classroom.

Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has accused ex-President Rawlings of ungratefulness, because, according to the Deputy Minister, the founder of the party had failed to appreciate what the current administration was doing for him.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) founder, he claimed, was safe under the President Mills administration, unlike what happened to him during the eight-year rule of ex-President Kufuor, when the founder and his household became targets of all machinations.

Okudzeto, who was addressing a public forum organised by the Ho Central chapter of the Tertiary Educational Institution Network (TEIN) of the NDC in Ho recently, said the Kufuor government withdrew all curtsies due him.

In addition, his wife was also sent to court and was facing prosecution until the last days of the Kufuor administration. The young Deputy Information Minister noted that the Atta Mills administration had not done any of these things to the ex-coup leader, yet he was refusing to show appreciation for the protection being given to him.

The talkative Deputy Minister did not also spare members of the New Patriotic Party, accusing them of engaging in politics without principles. "These people see us in court and carry white handkerchiefs, and are hiding behind the law courts because they cannot purchase a house all by themselves," he said.

Mr. Okudzeto, who was not happy about the court decision between him and Mr. Jake Obetsebi- Lamptey, however, commended the NPP presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, who he (Okudzeto) described as a man of integrity, because he refused to purchase government property made available to him during the era of the Kufuor administration. "Anytime a political party loses conscience, has no morality and shameful virtue, then we must be very frightened, and all of us must abhor such a party. Some of our laws are not good enough, and the people that we should fear are not the security people or those who hold guns, but those who use the pen to commit crime should be feared more than armed robbers."

The Communication Director at the Presidency, Mr. Koku Anyidoho, said the sound democratic credentials of the NDC government, under the Mills-led administration, had made the President one of the high performing leaders across the world, and urged Ghanaians to support the government accomplish its development agenda.

The Deputy Minister for the Interior, Mr. Kobby Acheampong, stressed that the NDC was at a cross-road, and that members of the party should understand that no single person could claim ownership of the party, urging NDC members to support President Mills to win the 2012 elections.

He further added that the ruling party was going through a moment of rebirth, which would make the party stronger than ever.

The Volta Regional Minister, Mr. Henry Ford Kamel, on his part, stressed the need for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) members and the executives to build strong party structures at all levels to avoid the situation where the foundation of the party was centered on only one person.

The Regional Minister noted that the youth remained the most valuable asset of the party, and urged them to work hard to enable the party retain power in the 2012 general elections.

Mr. Kamel said the party recognised the crucial role the youth had played, and that they should be seen as owning the party, instead of thinking that their role should be left in the hands of individuals.

Touching on the activities of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Kamel described the members of the NPP as suffering from what he called "skin-pain disease," as they had failed to acknowledge the good works of the government.

He pointed out that out of the 743 schools under trees, 274 schools had been provided with modern classrooms in the Volta Region, yet the NPP had not seen anything good about it.

The new executives of the Ho Polytechnic, the EP University College, and the Ho Nurses Training College were inaugurated at the function, where they were urged to work hard in order to ensure victory for the government in the 2012 general elections.

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