I’m Firmly Behind Mills — Spio-Garbrah
The Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation in London, Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, has stressed that he continues to stand by the pledge all the National Democratic Congress aspirants who lost the flagbearership election gave to support the elected Presidential Candidate, Professor Atta Mills.
Dr Spio-Garbrah was reacting to a series of newspaper publications and a radio news item concerning political developments in the country in recent times, from some of which had been linked to his name from his base in London.
The first was a front page article published by The Chronicle on the October 19 , 2007 captioned “Mills recipe for defeat?” in which an organisation calling itself the African Intelligence Unit (AIU) said to be based in Vienna, Austria, claimed to have diagnosed the NDC's fortunes in the coming 2008 elections under Professor John Evans Atta Mills, adversely, and ended up by concluding that he would have been a better candidate.
The second was also a story in The Chronicle of October 30, 2007 headlined “Reformed Patriotic Democrats Go Solo?, in which one Kwabena Adjei (Bambata) was reported to have stated that Dr Spio-Grabrah's sympathisers had opted for their party, the Reformed Patriotic Democrats.
The third recent development was that in a newscast on Citi FM, an Accra-based private radio station, on Thursday November 1, 2007, elements of the Reformed Patriotic Democrats were said to have stated that they were wooing Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, to be their presidential candidate for the 2008 elections.
Dr Spio-Grabrha stated in reference to the first article that there was no point whatsoever in comparing him to Professor Mills and drawing the conclusions attributed to the writers of the article, almost a full year after the NDC had been to congress and had its flag bearer elected for the 2008 elections.
Unfortunately, Dr Spio-Grabrah said his absence from the country, in the service of the Commonwealth, which includes Ghana, had not allowed him to be as visible and as active in the campaign as he would have liked to be.
“But I am contributing to the NDC's efforts in various ways, within the understandable constraints, “ he added.
With regards to his sympathisers joining the new party, the Reformed Patriotic Democrats, Dr Spio-Grabrah advised members of the NDC, who supported him in the flagbearership campaign not to allow themselves to be deceived by the RPD, DFP or any other groups, which might wish to take advantage of them.
“We need to foster unity and peace within the NDC in order to win the 2008 elections, and any genuine and concerned NDC members would not opt for any new political party, “ he stressed.
Dr Spio-Grabrah said it was quite remarkable, nevertheless, that so many of the NPP's youth should be so utterly disgusted and disillusioned with their party's leadership and the current 18 money-flinging aspirants for their party's leadership that they could find not a single NPP member to lead them, but must look into the NDC for a leader.
He stressed that he had not been approached by any member of the so-called RPD, had had no discussions with them, and was not interested in becoming their Presidential Candidate or the Presidential Candidate of any other party except that of the great NDC of which he was a bona fide member.
Dr Spio-Garbrah reassured the rank and file of the NDC and Professor Atta Mills, of his total support and prayed that their toils should result in victory, come 2008.