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24.04.2007 Feature Article


On Wednesday, 4th of April, 2007, Sekou Nkrumah, the last born of the late Pan – Africanist, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and the first President of Ghana made a shameful and fatherly betrayal entry to the P(NDC).

What Sekou did and the reason he gave for joining the NDC, as the only party that can continue the good works of his father Dr. Nkrumah was a manifestation of political immaturity. He is either not abreast with the political history of Ghana or confused in his political direction.

What Sekou Nkrumah should know is that it is this same Mr. Rawlings and the P(NDC) that said his father, Osagyefo, did nothing for us and all that he left for us are Ghana flag and the National Anthem. According to Mr. Rawlings, Sekou's father's independence was useless and the actual independence and freedom for the people of Ghana was June 4th and 31st December coup. Is this the good works of his father that the P(NDC) continued?

Mr. Rawlings and the P(NDC) demonstrated their hatred for Nkrumah and things he stood for by cancelling the 25th independence anniversary in 1982. Since then Mr. Rawlings and the NDC that Sekou found worthy to join have failed and refused to recognise the Independence that Nkrumah won for Ghanaians. In the NDC's party constitution, article 50, they have listed their official holidays and anniversaries of Ghana which includes June 4th and 31st December. But in the list, there is nothing like 6th March (Independence Day). Mr. Sekou, is this what you call upholding and continuing of your father's legacies and integrity?

It was Mr Rawlings' NDC that ejected this Sekou, his siblings and the mother from his father's house unto the streets. How could somebody or a party continues the good works of Nkrumah, if they are the same people that confiscated Nkrumah's house and gave it to one of their members, the late former Speaker of Parliament, Justice D. F. Annan.

What the P(NDC) did and continued for those 20years were bottle shaving, burning of innocent women with tires, flogging of women naked in public, displacing and killing of Ghanaians including 3 heads of state, confiscating and pulling down of properties and many more. Is Sekou saying these were the policies and vision of his late father that Rawlings and the NDC continued and can continue?

Was it not Mr Rawlings and his NDC that assaulted the late former Vice President, Kwo Nkensen Arkaah, prominent son of Nkrumaist that led to his death? The last stroke that broke the back and shuttered the vision of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and his CPP was the overthrow of the last government of Nkrumah under the late former President Dr. Hila Limann by Mr. Rawlings and the P(NDC). Are these also part of the Nkrumah's legacies and policies that Sekou was saying NDC continued or can continue?

I can only sympathize with Sekou on one point that he used as part of his reasons for defection. He said in his press release that the CPP has failed to organize themselves for the last 15 years, but is that a good enough reason to join P (NDC)?

In any case, who is Sekou Nkrumah? What does he stands for? What are his track records? Who knows him? He cannot make any meaningful impact for the NDC to win any general election. This move has nothing but cheap politicking written all over it and it is very negative for Sekou's image. Sekou's act of betrayal is nothing but a disgrace to the memory of his father, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

Kwadjo Oto

Kwadjo Oto
Kwadjo Oto, © 2007

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