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October 10, 2011 | NDC News

DFP merger with NDC shaky – Kofi Adams warns


A Deputy General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, is warning that the announced merger between the party and the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) is on a tightrope and could fall through, if the latter does not watch its utterances.

He intimated that though the merger is yet to be finalized by both parties, certain comments emanating from the quarters of the DFP concerning the internal affairs of the NDC could disintegrate the NDC, scuttle the unification and be injurious to NDC's electoral fortunes in 2012.

The life-patron of the DFP, Dr Obed Yao Asamoah, had told Joy FM that former President Jerry Rawlings, a man the NDC constitution recognises as the founder of the party, does not even feature on a tall list of the party's founders.

But Kofi Adams argued that since the NDC was established to “continue with the [PNDC] revolution,” it would be impossible, if not incorrect, that Mr Rawlings who initiated and chaired the PNDC can now be contested over his founder status of the NDC.

“I think Dr Asamoah should be careful and know what he is talking about…they should watch their comments and should know that the NDC as a party has not met to even accept their merger yet. If they continue making comments such as this, that would stir controversy in our party, I believe that many a person will advise themselves,” he told Joy News' Israel Laryea on Monday.

Mr Adams, who is also the spokesperson of Mr Rawlings, hinted that the party would be listening to comments by the DFP, which he said would largely inform their “debates and decisions” when the NDC meet over the merger, stressing that “comments such as this are things that we will not welcome in our party now”.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of the Centre for Democratic Development Prof. Emmanuel Gyimah Boadi has told Joy News the merger is of no significance.

According to him, the re-union is normal and will have little impact on election 2012.

Story by Ghana/ Essel

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