Former President and founder of National Democratic Congress (NDC), Jerry John Rawlings has asked the party’s leadership to pack out people like Nii Lantey Vanderpuije, and others to save the party’s image.
Mr. Rawlings expressed his anger on the back of claims by the Odododiodoo lawmaker, Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye that the NDC would win the 2020 general elections so it can release jailed former GYEEDA boss Abuga Pele.
But the former military leader said “fortunately, this kind of talk belongs to a handful of people in the NDC leadership who have gained power and influence they do not deserve and the sooner they are packed off, the better for the NDC and this country.”
“Stealing and corruption puts no one above the law. Those who have committed crimes deserve to be punished.” He added.
The former MP for Chiana Paga is serving a six- year jail term for causing financial loss to the state. He was sentenced together with the Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill International Group, Philip Assibit, who was also slapped with 12 year sentencing.
Below is the full statement:
POLITICAL POWER NOT FOR FREEING THE GUILTY
Stealing and corruption puts no one above the law. Those who have committed crimes deserve to be punished. If the quest for political power is to release wrongdoers from prison, then the NDC is laying its own foundation to remain in opposition for a long long time.
Fortunately, this kind of talk belongs to a handful of people in the NDC leadership who have gained power and influence they do not deserve and the sooner they are packed off, the better for the NDC and this country.
Obviously, the corruption by some of those who were in office, resulting in a humiliating defeat in the last election does not appear to have affected their conscience and reasoning in any way.
The NDC needs to regain its moral compass. A party born out of the explosive circumstances of our past should not find herself so HIGH on the scale of corruption. Just as the negative elements in various parties are networking to protect their misdeeds, so also must the positive minded personalities and supporters in the various parties also network to contain and keep such elements from political power.
While the current circumstances favour patriotic forces the most, the unpatriotic elements are more bent on collaborating and exploiting the constitutional climate. Let’s make changes for the better. Clear the bad and retain the good. Bring on board other patriots.