10.10.2006 NDC News

NDC Will Use Cocaine Propaganda – Spio

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NDC Will Use Cocaine Propaganda – Spio
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An aspirant for the flagbearership of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Ekwow Spio Garbrah, has revealed the party's strategy to be used against the ruling New Patriotic Party, in the 2008 electioneering campaign, saying it's main propaganda is going to be based on the recent cocaine issues in the country.
He dropped the hint, in answer to a question posed by a party member, during interaction with delegates from all the twenty-two constituencies in the Western Region, at Sekondi last Thursday to canvass for their votes. The questioner had wanted to know measures being taken by the leadership of the party, to diffuse the impact of what he termed 'NPP cocaine money' on Ghanaian voters, especially those in the rural areas come 2008.
Coining his own derogatory words like 'chopocratic cocainocracy' to be used against the NPP during the electioneering campaign, the fifty-three year old former Communications Minister, said the party would also leave no stone unturned, in capitalising on issues like the 'Hotel Kufuor' saga, to make the NPP unattractive to the voter. He said, the party would go all out to paint a very gloomy moral picture, about the leadership of the NPP, particularly President J A Kufuor, in the eyes of the public to vote against it. The NDC, he said, would repeatedly drum into the ears of Ghanaians, that President Kufuor came to power just to amass wealth for himself, and members of his family and not to promote the welfare of the suffering masses.
According to Dr Spio Garbrah, what Ghana as a nation needs in the year 2008 is a brave, courageous, competent and qualified President, who has the ability to solve her numerous problems, and not merely dance around them. Describing himself as a 'problem solver', Dr Spio Garbrah spoke about his ability in solving many difficult problems, especially during the NDC era which included converting the whole nation to the 'monstrous' Value Added Tax, within a period of eighteen months, and changing unpleasant situations at both the Presidency and the party's headquarters. He also spoke about his ability, in using only three months to streamline, the fourteen year old strained Ghana-America diplomatic relationship, during his tenure of office as the country's Ambassador to the USA.
Dr Spio Garbrah, who said he has the technique to convince Ghanaians once again, to accept Jerry Rawlings' NDC as a democratic, competent and good party capable of solving their educational, agricultural and health problems, among others, added that it was time the party presented, 'something new and dynamic' as a flagbearer to wrestle power from the NPP.
In his view, the only way that the NDC could win elections in the country, is to present a dynamic flagbearer, who would embark on radical actions like demonstrations and protests, to insist on recounts of votes and not someone who will easily concede defeat, as happened in the last two general elections.
He contended, that the NDC allowed the 2004 elections to be rigged, as a result of the docility of the then flagbearer. Commenting on age disparity, between himself and others in the flagbearership race, Dr Spio Garbrah expressed disappointment, in the elderly's inability to wrestle power from the NPP after hijacking the party's flag for a number of years. He argued, that the NDC needs a youthful flagbearer, capable of attracting the votes of Ghanaian women and the youth, who constitute about seventy percent of the nation's total population.
Expressing confidence in his ability 'to fly', Dr Spio Garbrah, said Ghana's Presidency should not be seen as a retiring job, for senior citizens whose dynamism and creativity may not be complete.

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