Former President Jerry John Rawlings has called on members and supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC, to embrace truthfulness, integrity and sincerity, if they want the party to be united again.
According to the former President, who spoke at a rally at Ashiaman in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the party, the party can only become united again if there is a commitment to truthfulness.
Wondering how the potency of the party was eroded, Rawlings said: “I am beginning to hear about unity, unity, unity. It’s a beautiful sound and I like it very much. But unity comes at a price. It’s not asking for money. It’s only asking for truthfulness, it’s only asking for integrity, sincerity.
“How many times have we not gone through this stage? Smiling and shaking hands but stabbing in the back? I say if we are serious, we are genuine, we are sincere, that unity can work.
“I don’t think you people (supporters) know how strong you are. I know how strong we are and I did nothing to undermine it. I served for ten years, went to election twice and served another eight years. I know our political strength and did nothing to and never wanted to undermine it in any way. If I had done so the ten years of the revolution would have been the end. What ever happened? How did we squander it this way?” the former President wondered.
The former President also noted that the NDC has been unable to hold on to power because of its lack of consistency.
“Power corrupts us too quickly, too easily. We need to re-examine ourselves. We need some serious education. The younger generation knows very little about who we are and where we are coming from. If we do not do accountability, how can we correct the mistakes we made,” President Rawlings queried.
Despite widespread misgivings about his recent comments about the party, the former President was welcome to the podium with a happy birthday song from the teeming crowd of supporters at the rally. His 70th birthday comes up latter in the month.