By: Bismark Bebli
A FIRST Vice National Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr. Ekwow Spio Garbrah, has accused President John Evans Atta Mills of failing to look after former President Jerry John Rawlings.
According to him, close to eight months after fire gutted the house of the NDC founder, the government had failed provide accommodation for him, yet found it convenient to raise US$3 million to support the people of Haiti.
Dr. Spio-Garbrah further accused some government officials and party executives of attempts to alienate Mrs. Rawlings and party footsoldiers.
The former Minister of Communication, who was addressing the Tertiary Education Institution Network (TEIN) of NDC in Accra yesterday, also took a swipe at President Mills, government officials and NDC functionaries.
To him, the NDC used the party footsoldiers enough, and that it was untenable that they had been neglected, while some individuals, who were not known in the trenches of the NDC, were now controlling affairs.
Dr. Grabrah, who claimed he was unaware of the presence of the media, and that he was only talking to his family members, indicated that attempts by some executives of the NDC, together with some government officials, who begged the footsoldiers for their respective positions, to alienate them was regrettable.
He was of the view that some elements had decided to hijack the party, which was causing a kind of disillusionment among the party faithful.
Though he beat a hasty retreat, and told the footsoldiers that President Mills must be given respect, he demanded that the same respect be accorded the founder.
Dr. Spio Garbrah believed that those who were pretending that former president Rawlings does not exist, are the same people who would do the same to President Mills when he leaves power.
His comments attracted sharp criticism from a deputy Minister of Information, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who accused Dr. Spio-Garbrah of attempts to incite party members against the President.
According to him, Spio sat in at a meeting when Mr. Rawlings’ accommodation issue was discussed, and was therefore, surprised to hear such comments from him.
It was indeed, regrettable that the First National Vice Chairman of the NDC, who sat in at a meeting with President Mills, where issues were explained about the level of plans for Mr. Rawlings, to have gone public with such a statement.
The Deputy Minister, who was obviously angry over attempts to attack some government officials and the President, stated that he and others were ready to step aside for apostles of the revolution to take over the affairs of the government, and that it was becoming too much that party functionaries who are supposed to be supporting President Mills would consistently attack him and his appointees for no reason.