…over on Dr. Duffuor
From Isaac Akwetey-Okunor, Koforidua
The Eastern Regional executive of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has strongly criticised the former Communications Director of the party, Mr. Seth Ofori, for unwarranted attacks on Dr. Kwabena Duffour, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, as published by The Chronicle last week Friday.
Speaking in an interview with this reporter at Koforifua last Friday, the Regional Secretary and Youth Organiser, Messrs. Anthony Gyempo and Kwaku Asamoah respectively, asked the former Communications Director to shut up.
They contended that the NDC came back to power, not only through the founder and the founding members, but the millions of Ghanaians who voted for the party.
In the said publication, Mr. Ofori was quoted as saying that he did not see why Dr. Kwabena Duffour should be controlling the purse of the state, because he was not in the trenches with the party, and that during the heat of the 2008 electioneering campaign, he (Ofori) sent several stories about Mills, the then candidate, to the Heritage newspaper, which is owned by Duffour, but they were not published.
The story continued that Ofori further lamented that apart from Dr. Duffour, there were many others in the government who did not contribute to the campaign of the party, yet had found themselves in government.
The two regional executives described the above comment as unfortunate, since Ofori alone could not determine who contributed to the come-back of the party.
They argued that the fact that many people were not at forefront during the 2008 electioneering campaign, did not mean such people never supported the party.
Even though they noted that Mr. Ofori was entitled to his opinion about the Finance Minister, the issue of who contributed to the come-back of the party was neither here nor there, since the Minister had shown much commitment towards the ‘Better Ghana’ agenda.
They called on the rank and file of the party to put the shoulders to the wheel to ensure the retention of the party in power, and desist from attacks on each other.
To them, the party needed the support of all and sundry to make it more marketable and well packaged to the electorate, rather than attacking each other amidst discrimination.