24 January 2013

Ghana: NDC Drops Kofi Adams - Rawlings' Right Hand Man Threatens to Go Independent

When the former gentle Volta Regional Minister and the Member of Parliament for Buem in the Jasikan District, Mr. Henry Ford Kamel passed on painfully during the Christmas festivities, after allegedly suffering from heart attack, rumours started filtering in that the vociferous and well articulate spokesperson for the Rawlingses, Mr. Kofi Adams, would be stepping into his shoes.

It did not take a long a time before the man, said to have family links across the length and breadth of the country, came out to confirm the rumour and officially declared his intention to contest the vacant Buem seat.

Mr. Kofi Adams subsequently started underground campaign in the constituency by meeting opinion leaders, chiefs and other party executives, with the intention of preparing the ground for the primary.

But what Kofi Adams failed to anticipate was that whilst he was preparing the ground to launch his parliamentary ambition in grand style, the General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah and his lieutenants were also honing their cutlasses to cut him into pieces and torpedo his long held desire to enter the august house of Parliament.

Mr. Adams had successfully gone through the vetting process at the constituency level and was reportedly cleared.

Unfortunately, before the former professional teacher cum politician could approach the delegates to sell his message to them, the man nick-named 'General Mosquito' had already put on his heavily fortified 'batakeri' dress, announcing to the world that Kofi Adams has been disqualified.

"He is on suspension and all his rights have been extinguished temporarily," Mosquito told Joy FM yesterday. According to Asiedu Nketiah, the party took the decision because of their conviction that Kofi Adams is still under investigation.

Early last year Mr. Kofi Adams is reported to have told Mr. Gabby Otchere Darko, the Executive Director of Danquah Institute, during a telephone conversation that he would do everything possible to thwart the efforts of the then NDC presidential candidate, Prof. John Fiifi Atta Mills, from becoming President.

The alleged conversation, which was played on some of the FM stations in Accra, compelled the National Executive Committee to summon the then Deputy General Secretary for questioning and subsequent interdiction, pending full scale investigation into the case.

Mr. Kofi Adams, however, denied that the voice on the tape was his, and cited a similar problem which confronted Mr. Baba Jamal, a former Deputy Minister of information, with the latter denying that the voice on the tape was his voice, which ended the case.

Realizing that the executives were not prepared to listen to him, the former Deputy General Secretary of the party took the case to court, insisting that his suspension had no roots in both the NDC constitution and the laws of the country.

Kofi Adams, who defied the Rawlingses to declare his support for President Mahama in the heat of the 2012 General elections, withdrew the case from court a couple of weeks ago to seek for amicable settlement at the party level.

But Mr. Asiedu Nketiah told Joy FM that his former Deputy only withdrew the case on January 10,2013, after the Buem seat had been declared vacant by the Electoral Commission.

Asiedu Nketiah accused Kofi Adams of failing to have the issue resolved, but using the same Joy FM platform, the latter denied the claim and insisted he even approached Mr. Ken Dzirasah, a former First Deputy Speaker of Parliament to resolve the problem, but the party leadership did not agree to his approach.

"When you have a General Secretary who comes to public to speak lies, this is what happens...You can't have a General Secretary that comes out, because you hate somebody, and be spewing falsehood...If you say you don't want me to contest, say so, but don't say things that don't exist," the embattled Kofi Adams told Joy FM.

"The General Secretary for once must get it right, the party is not ran on his head, the party is ran with a constitution....It's a bad decision, it's a bad decision for the party, it's a bad decision and the people of Buem would be the ones who will decide," he added.

Earlier, Mr. Rawlings' spokesperson had written on his face book wall that "the evil ones in the party have decided to deny Buem Constituency to have me as their representative. I leave it to God."

But Johnson Asiedu Nketiah remained unruffled, insisting that Mr. Adams is on suspension and cannot, therefore, contest the Buem seat.

Meanwhile, there are strong indications that Kofi Adams would contest the seat as an Independent candidate. The execution of that decision would also mean his expulsion from the party.

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