The Greater Accra Regional Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) says former President Jerry John Rawlings cannot absorb himself from blame in the party defeat in the 2016 general elections.
According to Anthony Nukpenu, the action and inaction of the party founder in the run-up to the election also contributed to their massive defeat to the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The Greater Accra Regional Secretary was reacting to Mr. Rawlings’ claim that the NDC lost the elections before it was held.
He claimed, the NDC lost the elections way before December 7, because it chose to “persistently and unrepentantly stay on the slippery slope despite the warning lights” staring at it.
Mr. Rawlings cited corruption, impunity and disrespect especially to him as a major contributory factor for the shambolic performance in the elections.
But Anthony Nukpenu on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Tuesday said the former President is to blame for 30 percent of the blunders which led to their loss.
He explained that, the party founder instead of helping the NDC was rather given political missiles to their opponents.
The NDC Regional Secretary added that, Mr. Rawlings “never called for a Council of Elders meetings and also never attended NEC (National Executive Committee) meetings and so, to a large extent, he should take responsibility for our inability to win the elections”.
“As a father he should also accept responsibility for our inability to retain the seat because some of his actions and pronouncements prior to the elections were clearly against us (NDC)”.
On the way forward, Anthony Nukpenu said “we must all see the defeat as a collective failure because the pronouncements of some us ahead of the elections did not help and so we should not blame one person.”