President Jerry John Rawlings has stated that members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are politically down because the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo beat them to it with his force of conviction and integrity.
He questioned how the NDC will reclaim its high ground by taking power from the President who is on a moral high ground.
‘He is on a moral high ground and we in the NDC are down. He fought with the force of conviction and integrity and has beaten us to it. How far is the NDC prepared to go in reclaiming our high ground? Now the power mongering and corrupt ones are trying to sneak in their clutch,” he indicated.
The erstwhile Mahama-administration which was booted out of power in the 2016 elections was perceived to be characterised with corruption, insolence and favouritism.
In an interview with the State-owned Daily Graphic newspaper, he entreated NDC members to draw lessons from the anti-corruption strategy adopted by the President if they want to return to power.
“When a candidate that is starved of funds by even some of his own past party leadership is able to beat a well-resourced incumbent, it gives a clear indication of the force of conviction and the power of the might of right. If we don’t clean up, it will be impossible to defeat him,” he advised.
Eulogising the President, Mr Rawlings remarked that the President showed loyalty by supporting his then running mate over the 2012 elections court case, bemoaning that the issue was different when Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings was tried during the Kufuor regime.
“Juxtapose the loyalty Nana Akufo-Addo demonstrated to his running mate against Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings when she was being tried during the Kufuor regime. How many of us in the NDC turned up to show solidarity?