A former Propaganda Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) Fiifi Kwetey, says delegates of his party should vote for President Mills without feeling they are betraying party founder and former President Rawlings whose wife Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings intends challenging the President for the flagbearer position.
The former Propaganda Secretary, who is currently a deputy Finance Minister, insists voting against Mrs Rawlings in the July congress would not be a stab in the back of former President Rawlings, who founded the party.
Mr Kwetey, who believes the NDC is better off with President Mills as Flagbearer for the 2012 Presidential election has therefore urged delegates to boldly vote according to their convictions without harbouring any sense of guilt if they hold variant views from the wishes and ambitions of the Rawlingses.
“All the supporters who know deep down in their hearts that Prof is the way to go must stand by their convictions. They must use the same positive defiance principles and stand by what they know in their hearts to be the truth. When they do so, they should not feel as if they are being disloyal to Rawlings or they are betraying Rawlings because what they are doing is simply living the very example that Rawlings has taught us all these years, which is simply, ‘stand by your belief, be courageous and bold enough to speak your truth, don’t be afraid of as it were pleasing anybody in authority.’
When casting their votes on July 9, those who truly believe Prof Mills is the better candidate must “have that courage and stand by it,” he emphasized.
Those who believe Nana Konadu is the best choice must also stand by their convictions, he added.
Mr Kwettey said his call for the delegates to take a stand and defend it doggedly is “exactly what the former President would have done if he were confronted by that same situation. The former president would have stood by his belief, he would have stood by his convictions, he would not have moved one bit away from what his inner convictions were, and I’m saying that is the same thing that should be done across the party.”