By Bismark Bebli
Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, a first vice national chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), has been accused of trying to undermine the efforts of President John Evans Atta Mills, by going public on Tuesday, accusing President Mills of failing to house former President Jerry John Rawlings.
While the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the party blames Dr. Spio-Grabrah for reneging on his responsibility as a chairman of a three-member committee tasked to help solve accommodations problems of the former first family, the UK-Ireland branch also accused him of unjustifiable attacking President Mills.
In a statement issued by the FEC, and signed by the party’s National Chairman, Dr. Kwabena Adjei, it expressed shock at the statements allegedly made by Dr. Spio-Garbarh, suggesting that President Mills failed to house Mr. Rawlings, but was able to raise money to support the people of Haiti.
The NDC also disowned a group styling itself as Friends of Nana Konadu Rawlings (FONKAR), which castigated the President and his Vice, John D. Mahama, recently.
The party noted in a statement that, “FEC is dismayed by the statement on the accommodation of the former First Family, H. E. Jerry John Rawlings and Mrs. Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, alleged to have been made by Dr. Ekwow Spio Garbrah, who is a Vice Chairman of the party, and also Chairman of the Communications Committee.
“More relevantly, FEC wishes to state that Dr. Spio-Garbrah was appointed Chairman of a three-member committee, set up to resolve the former first couple’s accommodation problem.
“Unfortunately, Dr. Spio-Gabrah left Ghana for his UK base without calling a meeting of the committee. Indeed, he is yet to call a meeting of that committee.”
To this end, the FEC urged all members of the party to respect their fellow members and adhere strictly to the provisions of the party’s constitution.
The statement also noted that FONKAR and its spokesperson, Dela Coffie, are not known to the NDC.
“The NDC wants to make it clear that it does not know anyone by the name Dela Coffie. Neither does the party recognise FONKAR, nor any such groups and their purported executives.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the party shall fish out and identify the likes of Dela Coffie, and deal with them, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the party’s constitution.”
Mr. James Agyenim-Boateng, a deputy Minister of Information, also told Radio Gold yesterday, that Dr. Garbrah’s comments pointed to a man who was desperately looking for a job.
Agyenim Boateng said it was unfortunate that since the youth formed the cornerstone of President Mills’ administration, the NDC vice chairman would want to insult the intelligence of the supposed youth gathered at the workshop under the name, Greater Accra Regional TEIN.
He said even though those youth within the government had not got the opportunity to build political offices, the president had seen the potential in them, and trusted that they could contribute towards the achievement of the ‘Better Ghana’ agenda.
He recounted a number of attempts to house Mr. Rawlings, of which Spio-Garbrah was aware, and added that the statement was to incite public hatred against the President.