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Friday, July 6, 2012

Nana Agyeman Konadu's party out

Thursday is likely to see an end to months of speculations about the formation of a new political party, the National Democratic Party (NDP), by elements in the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Information gathered by Daily Guide and confirmed by the Electoral Commission (EC) indicates that some founding members of the yet-to-be launched party stormed the EC office on Wednesday to present details of the NDP.

They will pick up their forms from the EC on Thursday.

Reports reaching Daily Guide indicate that the development has come as a shock to the presidency.

It is believed that most of the founding members of this new party are disgruntled members of the NDC who have left the ruling party out of frustration and the neglect of the core values and principles of the NDC.

The delegation was said to include Dr Kwasi Ofei-Agyemang, former NDC parliamentary candidate for Ayawaso Central, Dr Rockson Mamboi and one Mr Tetteh, all associates of former First Lady and President of the 31st December Women Movement (DWM), Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings.

Nana Konadu was also a vice chairman and vied for the flagbearership slot of the NDC against President Atta Mills.

According to the source, they were waiting for the EC to issue them with a provisional certificate to operate as a political party.

It is expected to be followed with an official announcement at a press conference at a location in Accra when granted.

The party has as its logo; a flying bird similar to the one on top of the famous umbrella of the NDC, using the same black, green, red and white colours as the ruling party.

The only difference is that the bird, a dove in the NDP logo, is holding on to the ‘Gye Nyame’ symbol with the motto ‘Justice, Unity, Peace and Progress.’

It is believed that Mrs. Rawlings is behind the formation of the new party.

What is not certain is whether former President Rawlings, who has virtually become a ‘stranger’ in the party he founded, will be part of this new party.

Information indicates that a popular musician has been contracted to make a jingle for the NDP and will be aired in the coming days to set the stage for a vigorous campaign ahead of the 2012 elections in December.

A week or two ago, spokesperson for the Rawlingses, Kofi Adams, dropped hints of the likelihood of the formation of a new political party.

Though he did not say whether it would involve the Rawlingses, he told Adom FM’s ‘Dwaso Nsem’, “Don’t be surprised if a new party is formed with the intention of salvaging an existing party.”

He however indicated that others who believed in the principles underlying the June 4 and 31st December revolutions could also be planning to form parties.

“When we get there, we will see what happens. People have the right to form parties. If they are going through the proper processes to form a party, I will endorse it,” he said.

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