They have thus called on President Atta Mills to step aside in order to save the party.
They made it clear that Nana Konadu is the only hope for the party and they support her due to her remarkable achievement.
The Press Conference was held on Saturday, April 11 2011 at Biriwa in the Mfantseman West Constituency of the Central Regional.
The Paramount chief of Biriwa, Nana Akyin Attanya V who was present at the conference advised the members to stay focused and rally around Nana Konadu to help build a prosperous nation.
He also said Nana Konadu has an excellent track record so there is a need to support her to make a history. He said they are proud of Nana Konadu because she is courageous and a dynamic woman.
“I am sure of her competency and I believe it is because Nana Konadu was born in the Central Region and Cape Coast to be precise”.
THE FULL STATEMENT:
We the Fanti women caucus of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) consider as disappointing, dangerous and unacceptable the current development in our party under the leadership of President Mills, and as a result call for his immediate resignation as the leader of our great party and not seek re-election at congress.
Our call is premised on the fact that, President Mills is making the NDC unpopular and there is increasing public frustration with the government. Nothing seems to be working for his administration and our performance in government have been abysmal.
There is a huge leadership vacuum in both party and government and President Mills is certainly not in charge. He has created a situation where we are neither moving forward nor backwards.
Our support base is dwindling and our people are just disaffected and embittered and feels rejected in their own party. There is the need for an NDC administration to succeed another NDC administration but current developments within the party do not favour such an aspiration and we are not the least enthused about President Mills and his style of leadership. There is disenchantment among many Ghanaians and we must not allow the opposition NPP to take advantage of this situation and send us back into opposition.
The NPP’s overwhelming endorsement of Nana Akufo Addo in their recent national delegate conference should send a message across that; the battle for 2012 has begun in earnest.
We therefore call on President Mills to take a cue from the former Australian Prime minister Kevin Rudd who, when he was losing his way had to step down for Julia Gillard (a strong woman) to take over as Labour party leader as well as the Prime Minister. The NDC finds itself in a similar situation and for that matter we call on President Mills as a matter of urgency step aside for the NDC to re-organise and give hope to the teeming masses and the Ghanaians in general.
We need a leadership that would breathe sensitivity into the party. We need a courageous leader who is prepared to discard the vindictive suggestions of his policy advisors and would be prepared to hold the party together by steering clear from divisive politics.
The cost of President Mills holding on to power in spite of his lack of dynamic leadership is too heavy to ignore. The NDC has done a lot for President Mills and the only thing he can do for the party at this crucial moment is to step down to allow good sense to prevail.
Now that our promised “BETTER GHANA” is looking increasingly like a “BROKEN GHANA” and the nation eager for a new leadership, we cannot afford to disappoint Ghanaians. The NDC must offer alternative rather than the NPP.
Today we see our founder, Ex President Jerry John Rawlings‘ advice for the party and President Mills to listen to the people and investigate corruption in the past administration fall on deaf ears. What we see is the constant glorification of Nkrumah and the pursuing of Pro CPP ideals, Nkrumah here, Nkrumah there, Nkrumah everywhere. How on earth can a card bearing member of CPP control the government and the party’s chest? If you trust your family members you do not use a ’’stranger’’ as your trustee. What is Dr.Kwabena Duffour doing at the Finance Ministry? Even Former President Kuffour who shouted and preached all-inclusive government did not give such a sensitive position to a ’’stranger’’. The founder is being treated as a slave in his own party, a party he has given his life for. This is the highest and ultimate betrayal.
We call on all those to believe in Ex-President Rawlings and respect the ideals of June 4th and 31st December to stand firm and rally around Rawlings and his ideals. We appeal to our delegates and our party officials not to allow offers of positions, money, promises of contracts to bribe their conscience. We appeal to all NDC members in the diaspora to join hands with our cadres back home to take back the party from these strangers and their stooges. Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings is the most qualified person to rescue our party from collapsing and losing its grassroots values at this crucial time.
The time to rebuild and get NDC ready for victory in 2012 with Nana Konadu as leader is now.
Long Live Nana ‘Ayebida’ Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings
Long Live NDC
Source: LUCY BOAFO ARTHUR (Spokesperson) DOROTHY JONES (Vice-Chairperson) EMELIA SAM (Chairperson)