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NDC refuses to respond to Rawlings' diagnosis of defeat

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah
Former President JJ Rawlings

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) will not respond to recent comments by its founder, Jerry John Rawlings concerning the party’s defeat in last month's general elections, National Oragniser,  Kofi Adams has stated.

Former President Rawlings on Saturday blamed the defeat, the first of its kind for an incumbent government,  on the impunity, disrespect and corruption of government appointees.

Speaking at the 35th-anniversary celebration of the 31st December Revolution at the Revolution Square in Accra, he said, “it was obvious a long time ago that we wouldn’t make it. Our general negativity, impunity, disrespect and corruption was taking us further and further downhill. About the time when most were living in the painful reality with stress and anger, that’s when some of us chose to be more impervious to reality. We had lost so much goodwill".

But in an interview with Citi News, Mr Adams who also doubled as the NDC’s 2016 Campaign Coordinator said since the party had set up a committee to investigate the causes of the defeat, it would be unfair to respond to individual comments at this point.

“It will be unfair to be responding to comments that people make including very high profile persons like the founder and former President of the Republic.”

“To the extent that we have put a committee in place, I would like that the media would give some space for the committee to finish its work then we can discuss the report of the committee. For us who are in leadership, it will be unfair to be picking and choosing whose comments to respond to and who’s not to respond to,” Mr. Adams said.