The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia has said the party did not sanction the recent apology rendered to the party’s founder and former President J.J Rawlings by National Vice Chairperson Anita Desoso.
Madam Desoso at the commemoration of the June 4 Upraising in Accra, went on her knees pleading with Rawlings to forgive the sins of the party.
President Rawlings’ grip of the NDC began chipping away in the aftermath of his presidency in 2000, totally losing control of the party during the Presidency of John Mahama, where junior officials of the government openly rebuked him for criticizing the government.
Worried by the seeming friction between the founder and the party, Desooso said “let’s respect and love those who have sacrificed for us. Let’s respect and sacrifice for those who have helped us”.
“Now to my father – Founder, I know your children we have erred, and I also know that you are a human being and you have also done something; may be it is not right.
“And I was so happy when I heard you say that; when you brought that statement out, rendering an apology – you are a hero. You are a hero. This shows that what you have taught me is still within me. If you are a leader, be prepared to say that I am sorry. If you are a child, be prepared to say that daddy I’m sorry. So, I will take this opportunity on behalf of the party to kneel down before my dad – please forgive us. Let us come together to build this country,” an emotional De-Sosoo pleaded with the former president.
However, Asiedu Nketia aka General Mosquito has stated that Anita Desoso had no business apologizing on behalf of the party.
“I’m talking to you as Chief Executive of the party and the person who keeps records of the decisions of the party and I’m telling you that we never at any point discuss the possibility or anything about approaching founder and apologizing for anything. And as we speak now nobody knows the offence for which Anita was apologizing, and after she said it we brought her to a meeting trying to find out what offence she was referring to, she couldn’t answer. And so we considered it to be her personal issue with the founder,” He told Joy News.