The flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Prof J. E. A Mills has issued a caution that any group or political party that intends to rig the 2008 elections must not make such attempt because it will not be tolerated.
He said the NDC would use all legitimate means to prevent such acts adding that “those with the intention of rigging the 2008 elections should advice themselves.”
Prof Mills gave the caution at the inauguration of the Greater Accra Regional Women's Working Committee of the party in preparation towards the 2008 elections in Accra.
He said Ghanaians were going through hell under the administration of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and needed a change and that their will must be allowed to prevail during the 2008 elections.
He intimated that Ghanaians had weighed water and alcohol and now knew which of the two was heavier, in apparent reference to the administration of the NDC and the NPP, and could now make a better choice.
According to him, the people of Ghana wanted a change and should be given the power to determine who should steer the affairs of the state to turn their fortunes around.
Prof Mills who had always insisted that the 2004 election results were tampered with, urged the NDC faithful to be extra vigilant during the 2008 elections.
He said victory would not come on a silver platter and urged all NDC members and sympathisers to unite and with one accord work hard for victory to enable the party to implement its human centred policies.
He advised members of the party to refrain from petty bickering, which he said, retarded progress. He paid glowing tribute to women in the party for their steadfastness, described them as the backbone of the NDC and promised that the party would always support them.
The National Women's Organiser of the NDC, Ms Ama Benyiwa Doe, said the current socio-economic and political atmosphere was very harsh. She accused the NPP of always seeking to influence NDC members with favours.
“This is a government which prides itself as being champions of multi-party democratic principles and yet would leave no stone unturned to make sure that the NDC is vilified and strangulated - Courtesy J. H Mensah.”, she added.
She said although the government refused to tell Ghanaians the truth about the economic and social situation of the country, most Ghanaians felt it in their everyday life.
She said with less that 20 months to the 2008 general election, Ghanaians were looking up to the NDC for deliverance and expressed the hope that all would do their best to secure a resounding victory for the NDC.
Mr Secou Nkrumah, a son of Dr Kwame Nkrumah who recently joined the NDC, said Prof Mills was the best person to bring to fruition the Nkrumah-Rawlings tradition.
He also a swipe at the NPP Government for being the puppet on a string being operated by the Western powers and cautioned the NDC not to do the same should they win the 2008 elections.
Story by Donald Ato Dapatem