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25.11.2008 Elections

Nduom Blasts NPP, NDC•They Are Thieves

By Daily Guide
Nduom Blasts NPP, NDC•They Are Thieves

The Embattled flagbearer of the Convention People's Party (CPP), Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom has stated that the two leading political parties in the country, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), are full of thieves who had looted the national coffers while in office.

Justifying his assertion, the CPP presidential candidate observed that if that was not the case, members of the two parties would not constantly mount platforms to accuse each other of being corrupt while in office.

“I'm tempted to believe that both the NPP and the NDC are thieves; that is why the two parties have adopted the customary practice of accusing each other publicly of dipping hands into public purse when in office,” he stressed.

Dr Nduom noted that there was some truth in the allegation the two parties had been throwing at each other, and that it should not be swept under the carpet by the electorate.

Still attacking the two major political forces in the country, the former Minister of Private Sector Development described the NPP and the NDC as violent parties.

He said what happened during the time of the supplementary registration exercise, coupled with what was currently happening in certain parts of the country with regard to pre-election-related disturbances, amply demonstrated that the two parties were violent.

“If the NPP and the NDC are not traditionally violent, would they be named as players in every reported election-related violence?” Dr Nduom rhetorically questioned.

Addressing an Ashanti regional rally of the party on Sunday, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirim (KEEA) noted that the NPP and NDC had both caused considerable damage to the country while in office, and therefore did not deserve another chance to lead the country.

He therefore charged the electorate to reject the two parties in the December 7 polls and instead vote massively for the CPP.

The renowned economist indicated that his government would not only create jobs for the masses, but also ensure that pilfering of state funds by public officers would be a thing of the past.

“My government would ensure that political violence, intimidation, harassment and other ill vices were eradicated from the system,” he added.

The beleaguered flagbearer, who claimed to be the 'adwumawura' to wit, 'master of jobs', said he was not just calling for a change in government, but also advocating for a real change that could reflect on the fortunes of the citizenry.

“It is a pity that everybody is calling for change in government. Let me tell you that I'm not just calling for change but I'm advocating for real change that could be felt in the ordinary people's pocket,” he emphasized.

Still politicking, Dr Nduom accused the NPP of using money and other financial considerations to coerce his aspiring members of parliament in the Ashanti region as a means of shutting them down.

“Because they have realized that my aspiring MPs were making inroads in the region, which they consider to be their stronghold, they've resorted to the use of money to silence them so that they could still win,” he lamented further.

The former Minister, who intimated that the CPP would cause an upset by winning the forthcoming polls one touch, further accused the NPP and the NDC of not doing anything monumental while in office.

“Though they did nothing significant in office that could be sold, they had almost sold every thing that our party left behind for Ghanaians,” he expatiated.

Though he did not want to comment on the recent confusion in the party, Dr Nduom assured his handful of supporters at the rally ground that he would not be derailed by the development, and that he was moving ahead for victory in the elections.

The rally was attended by Dr Abu Sakara, Dr Nduom's running mate, some national executives as well as regional officers of the party.

All the 33 candidates contesting the impending parliamentary polls on the ticket of the party in the region also attended the rally.

From Morgan Owusu, Kumasi