Governance analyst Prof Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi has warned that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) could lose credibility in the eyes of Ghanaian voters if it fails to address its internal wrangling at its congress this weekend.
Prof Gyimah-Boadi, who heads the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), told Joy News the acrimony which has characterized the party’s presidential primaries is typical of ruling parties in many democracies.
He however points out that the Sunyani congress will be a test for the party to demonstrate its ability to resolve its internal disputes in a democratic manner.
If the party fails to do this, “it will be damaging its own credentials in the eyes of Ghanaians in so far as we’ve all committed ourselves to making democracy work and grow in Ghana,” he said.
Prof. Gyimah-Boadi said the NDC’s July 8 congress will be extremely important for two reasons: “Has this party learnt and developed a habit of following democratic processes in its internal operations in general and in particular to what extent is it able to adopt democratic, peaceful, lawful means of resolving internal disputes.”
If the NDC is able to do this, he said, it will be good for the party and nation.
The opposition New Patriotic Party, Prof. Gyimah-Boadi warned, should consider the possibility of facing a more formidable NDC in the 2012 elections which would have evolved from a rough internal contestation.
Source: Joy News Ghana