An ex-Vice-Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) Alhaji Saeed Sinare says he is disappointed in the dismissed National Co-ordinator of the National Youth Council.

He said Dr Sekou Nkrumah’s consistent public tantrums against President J.E.A. Mills were hurting and urged the son of the first president of Ghana to desist from persistently undermining the president.

Dr Sekou Nkrumah had been speaking to Joy FM’s Super Morning Show host Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah on issues ranging from the president’s ineptitude, uncharismatic nature, to the government’s poor performance.

Reiterating his calls for the governing party to look for a more experienced, charismatic, and inspirational leader to lead it into the 2012 elections, he said members of the NDC must remember that the ‘fine gentleman’ accolade ascribed to the president does not put food on people’s tables.

But Alhaji Sinare who appeared pierced by the comments called into the programme and said “I am a little disappointed in my brother Sekou with some of these comments he has made this morning.”

The NDC Vice-Chairman proceeded to advise Dr Nkrumah not “to wash his dirty linen outside. I have had a very good understanding, we’ve had about three or four meetings and it’s very unfortunate that [after that understanding Sekou is saying these things publicly]. I’m really very, very hurt. If it is any issue that he has, he should pass it through the right channel.”

Alhaji Sinare said if Dr Sekou Nkrumah has any candidate he wishes to campaign for in the 2011 congress to select the party’s flag-bearer, “he should wait for the right time to come and work hard for that candidate to emerge.”

“I’ve told Sekou [to] learn from me. I have been a very patient person in this great party of ours,” he counseled.

Dr Nkrumah was however undaunted. “What is wrong with saying that if the NDC has a better leadership, we should put that leadership forward to replace Prof. Mills?, he asked rhetorically. “…I’ve never insulted Prof. Mills. I still respect him as a person but I don’t think he is a good leader,” he stated.

And if Alhaji Sinare thinks Dr Sekou Nkrumah is going to tone down, he should listen, “I will continue to speak my mind, am not manipulated by anybody…I want a better leadership for this country, somebody who can inspire all of us to feel part of the vision, that big dream [of the country].”

Play the attached audio and listen to excerpts of the interview with Alhaji Sinare and Dr Sekou Nkrumah.

Story by Malik Abass Daabu/