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17.01.2005 General News

We Cant Wait For 2008 To Recapture Power -JJ

By Statesman

(Statesman) -- Ex- President Jerry Rawlings and Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) last Wednesday has accused his national and regional executives for failing to wrestle power from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Speaking at a meeting with the executives, Jerry Rawlings said there were lots of evidence that the NPP was messing up and it leaders getting corrupt by the minute which gave the NDC the chance to beat the NPP at the polls.

A member of the gathering shouted 'Ovation' with apparent reference to the luxurious lifestyle of Rawlings exposed to the world in the current celebrity magazine.

According to a highly placed source in the NDC, the alarming side of Jerry Rawlings speech was his take on his party's challenge for office.

“ We cant wait for 2008” to change government and without specifying his preferred mode of action, he warned you are joking…. If you think you can afford to wait again for 2008 to do better at the polls” he was reported to have yelled at his 'boys' and 'girls'.

Jerry Rawlings claimed that he is the target of the NPP government, which he alleged has been trying to eliminate him.

He told his the party executives to mention NPP's corruption cases anytime they are called to speak in public on any matter.

The former President particularly also took issue with his handpicked successor Prof John Evan Atta Mills, who lost two consecutive presidential elections to President Kufuor for lying low and not standing up to the NPP when Jake Obetsebi Lamptey went ahead and organized a press conference announcing that the NPP had won the elections ahead of the Electoral Commissions' (EC) planned official declaration.

The only NDC activist praised by Jerry Rawlings were Tony Aidoo and Victor Smith for having shown an excellent sense of commitment to cause of the party for having consistently attacked the NPP.

At this point a high number of the audience were both frustrated and angry so the extent that a couple of them decided to speak with reasons, their attempts were met with fury from Jerry Rawlings who was in no mood to entertain dissent.

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