A leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Gabby Okyere-Darko has accused the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) of trying to use the death of former President Jerry John Rawlings to woo Ghanaians ahead of the December 7th general elections.
According to him, the NDC has failed in convincing Ghanaians to believe in their campaign message, a reason they are resorting to using the demise of their founder to win the sympathy of the electorate.
The NDC has blamed the Akufo-Addo-led government of cammandeering preparations of Mr. Rawlings funeral without regard to the party he founded.
They also alleged that the NPP prevented their flagbearer John Mahama from signing a book of condolence opened in memory of the NDC founder.
But speaking at the campaign launch of the Wa Central parliamentary candidate of the NPP, Hajia Humu Awudu, Mr. Gabby Okyere-Darko opined that the NDC humiliated and rejected their late founder when he was alive and therefore lack the moral turpitude to take center stage in his final funeral rites.
”His excellency was a hero. Unfortunately, his own party reduced him from a hero to zero. The party he founded with his wife, they reduced Jerry John Rawlings and his wife from heroes to zero. And now that he is dead, they want to use him to resurrect their dying campaign and they are calling him a hero”.
Mr. Otchere-Darko maintained that the NDC ought to have made peace with the former first family before his death.
“They should have made peace with him and his family when he was alive. Don’t denigrate him when he is alive and turn to celebrate him when he is dead for your selfish ends”.
Gabby charged residents of the Upper West Region not to risk their destinies in the December general elections by voting for the NDC.
”The 2020 election is not about NDC or NPP. It is about you, it is about your future, it is about your aspirations and that is why you must not risk this country by voting for the NDC”.
The campaign launch brought together leading NPP members from within and outside the Upper West Region.