Stringent discipline in every human organization and endeavor is critical to its survival and success; and political parties are no exception.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC), which is the ruling party in government today, has over the last two years been overwhelmed with gross indiscipline, thanks to the unimpeded efforts of its founder and former president, Jerry John Rawlings and wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings.
However, The Al-Hajj is of the opinion that the belligerence of incorrigible Nana Konadu has become a matter of serious concern the NDC cannot gloss over any longer.
Nana Konadu, after exposing the president, John Atta Mills, the NDC party and government to serious public ridicule and opprobrium by openly challenging Mills for the flagbearership of the NDC for the 2012 elections at the Sunyani congress, is now up to do her worst.
Having exposed their inner selves, kind courtesy their spokespersons and suspended Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Kofi Adams' vow, in discussions with NDC Flagbearer Nana Akufo Addo's nephew, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, to, “do everything in their power to ensure that President Mills does not get a second term,” the NDC need no more evidence, compelling enough to expel Nana Konadu from the party with the current unfolding logo hullabaloo.
Since announcing her resignation as a vice chairperson of the party on the 13th of April, 2011 claiming to be responding to numerous calls on her to contest the flagbearership of the NDC, Nana Konadu has never ceased treating leadership of the party, the government and indeed, President Mills with contempt.
The gross indiscipline exhibited by Nana Konadu over the last one year is unprecedented, and yet the party has remained impotent to rein her in. A few examples here will suffice.
The former First Lady, in the 14th September 2011 edition of the Daily Guide newspaper, a paper that in the past led the assault on the Rawlingses, but now the Rawlingses mouthpiece, was quoted to have said President John Mills is presiding over the most corrupt government ever in Ghana.
According to the report, Konadu noted that it would be difficult for the NDC to retain power in the next general elections with President Mills as the flagbearer, adding, “Corruption will rob NDC of retaining power in 2012.”
The report quoted Nana Konadu as saying, corruption, infighting, broken promises and incompetence had become the order of the day in the current NDC administration.
Nana Konadu, who was addressing hundreds of NDC supporters at the auditorium of the Western Regional Centre for National Culture at Fijai, near Sekondi, to thank them for their support in her campaign prior to the NDC's national congress in Sunyani said it was sad that the President had surrounded himself with people she described as “aliens” who were only interested in their individual well-being to the detriment of the people who voted them to power.
Again, speaking to students of the ladies wing of Akuafo Hall of the University of Ghana, Legon, on the 17th of March 2012, Nana Konadu attributed her embarrassing defeat to Mills in Sunyani, to rigging by party officials. According to her, party officials conspired to have unregistered delegates vote for her challenger, President Mills.
“Even though we went to Sunyani, I didn't want to break up the party so there are a lot of things I kept quiet about.
“People who were not delegates were voting as delegates and I know all the delegates.
“More than a thousand or something were not delegates. They voted so I let it be because if I want to deal with it means I should take the whole bunch to court.
“But I just decided no it's not worth it. Let them steal it. If that makes them happy, let them steal it.
“But in my heart of hearts I feel sorry for the party I belong to because it was like cracking the party in the middle and for it was sad,” She said.
And now Nana Konadu is going for the broke; claiming ownership of the NDC logo, the umbrella and threatening to deny the party the usage of the NDC paraphernalia-what impudence?
Konadu's insubordination and an obvious effrontery must not be treated lightly by the NDC.
We implore the party to punish Nana Konadu by expelling her from the party for acts of betrayal, rebellion and fraud to serve as a deterrent to others who may in future want to repeat this despicable behavior.