Prof Mills must declare intention now
Professor John Evans Atta-Mills, former Vice President and two-time presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been urged to declare his intention for his party's 2008 presidential candidacy, following media reports that some members of the party in Tema and Kumasi would not want him to stand again, having failed them twice in the last two general elections of 2000 and 2004.
Making the call in an interview with the Chronicle yesterday, Mr. Sampson Ato Ampah, Acting Chairman of the NDC in the Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, argued that Prof. Mills currently is the most competent, marketed, and arguably the best candidate to compete with any emerging candidate from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to win the 2008 elections.
Mr. Ampah explained that the ruling NPP government's corrupt practices and their mismanagement of the economy had offered the NDC party the greatest opportunity than ever to win the 2008 election.
“However the party would require the services of an experienced, competent and a marketed candidate of the caliber of the former Vice President, Professor J.E.A Mills, to spearhead the NDC electioneering campaign in 2008, for resounding victory,” Mr. Ampah told The Chronicle.
He disclosed that as the former Regional Co-ordinator of the Friends of Atta Mills Fan Club in the Central Region, he was aware of the difficulties, which confronted Prof. Mills' candidature and the NDC party, which caused their defeat in the two previous elections.
Mr. Ampah explained further that Prof. Mills' experience, competence, loyalty and commitment to the NDC party and nation as a whole, were manifested during his stewardship as the Vice President during the NDC era.
“However ,the infamous 'Swedru Declaration,' as the party's presidential candidate in the 2000 elections by former President Rawlings, brought a lot of division in the party which was capitalized on by the then opposition, amid other factors, to win the elections,” Mr. Ampah observed.
He slammed those who are blaming the former vice president for the party's failure to win the past election.
He explained that after a critical analysis and evaluation of the 2000 elections results, the party arrived at a conclusion that the people of Ghana were fed up with the governance of the state by the NDC, which together with the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC), had ruled the country for over a decade.
According to the acting Constituency chairman, other factors which caused the defeat of the NDC in the 2000 elections included the vile propaganda of the then opposition NPP Members of Parliament (MPs), supported by a section of the media branding the NDC as corrupt and evil government.
“This useless and cheap propaganda by the then NPP MPs had made the NDC government so unpopular that the nation would have been extremely difficult to govern if our party had won the 2000 elections,” Mr. Ampah asserted.
He said these MPs and their friends in the section of the media who have become the NPP government spin-doctors and propagandists had levelled more than a 1,000 corruption cases against the NDC government, yet none had been established.
“As a result of all these bad media practitioners who had their pre-determined agenda and sponsored by NPP sympathizers and MPs, the people of Ghana were convinced that they needed a change of government, and as a result the NDC was voted out,” Mr. Ampah observed.