Having been trounced at the delegates’ congress of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), a key member of the Nana Konadu campaign, Kofi Adams says he is contemplating writing a book on the behavior of delegates.
That, he said is because, given the seemingly sincere overwhelming endorsement received by the former First Lady during her campaign tours, it was inconceivable that she would fair the way she did in the elections – obtaining a paltry 3 per cent of total votes cast (3/100 as the NPP loves to put it).
Mr Kofi Adams who is also a Deputy General Secretary of the governing NDC, speaking on Joy FM’s news analysis programme, Newsfile, Saturday, said the support of delegates across the country pre-congress for Nana Konadu’s audacious bid to dethrone the president as leader of the NDC was massive.
“You interact with delegates and they give you all the assurances; they even tell you things you didn’t even know at the time you made the attempt to want to run for that position; they carry you through; they let you understand that indeed…they believe in and accept you message without being confident enough to tell you that” they cannot resist pressures from the powers that be, he stated.
Regardless of the promises, Mr Rawlings was abandoned when it mattered most.
Mr Adams said they were however not surprised by the thrashing received by the former first lady because of the elaborate plan put in place at the congress grounds to procure the verdict for the president.
Regurgitating allegations the Knoadu team said accounted for their dismal performance, Kofi Adams said wicked rumours had been circulated on congress grounds that former President Rawlings – founder of the NDC – had prevailed on his wife to stand down and let president J.E.A. Mills run the elections unchallenged.
In the wake of these wicked lies, “When she was giving her speech, people became angry in the stance that ‘ah you’ve been asked to step down, why are you not stepping down’? so that kind of anger in that last minute went against our candidate.”
He said even when Mr Rawlings voted, rumours spread that he voted for Mills.
But the Konadu team, which was accused of running a vicious campaign with the potential to damage the party, he said, had put the congress behind it and was gearing up for the 2012 presidential elections which for him must be taken seriously.
“I don’t think that elections 2012 is that easy as people want to put it; we have to really organise our house and I believe we have the capacity to do so,” he warned.
Communications Minister Haruna Iddrisu was impressed by the conciliatory tone of Kofi Adams even if it was tepid.
He however maintained that the confidence of the Konadu campaign team going into the elections was not only misplaced but based on misinformation.
According to him, in some parts of the country, local co-ordinators of the former first lady’s campaign team assembled some political charlatans who posed as delegates and were addressed by the Konadu campaign.
“In one of the meetings that he Kofi Adams was not present in the Northern Region, somebody purporting to be leading the Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings [campaing] just picked young people from Tamale to say in a meeting that they were representatives from Bimbilla, Wulensi, Nakpanduri, Kpandai and others. So if you were dealing with them with the hope and confidence that these were NDC, delegates, you were being misled, and you were in a world of your own,” he stated.
The Tamale Central MP said he was aware of a situation where “we knew that the people they met, none of them was a delegate.”
He assured the government would take some of the issues complained about by the Rawlingses seriously.
Story by Malik Abass Daabu/Myjoyoline.com/Ghana
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