The Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the National Democratic Congress says posters bearing the image of former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings does not have her approval.

This is contained in a statement signed by the chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Dr. Kwabena Agyei.

The statement further cautioned that it is illegal for any member of the Party to prematurely give an impression of his or her interest in the flagbearership race for the 2012 elections as the party’s rules clearly indicate that this declaration should not come earlier than one full year to the General Elections when the Party is in power.

The FEC is therefore warning individuals and groups to desist from making such declarations that will cause disaffection for the NDC or offenders will face the full wrath of the party’s sanctions.

The FEC is also calling on the security agencies to assist in identifying the faceless people behind all the noise on the posters so as to put a stop to the indiscipline going on. The media is also being advised to avoid making commentaries that may hurt the fortunes of the NDC.

Read the full statement from the National Executive Council of the National Democratic Congress below.

Statement By The Functional Executive Committee Of The National Democratic Congress On The Issue Of Campaign Posters Featuring Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings As A Flagbearer Aspirant For 2012.

The Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the NDC at its regular tuesday afternoon meeting in Accra discussed the above issue. After deliberating on the issue in the presence of Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, who is a former First Lady and a Vice Chairman of the Party, noted and agreed that:

1. The posters allegedly originating from some so-called “Footsoldiers” depicting Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings as their preferred Flagbearer aspirant for 2012 and being pasted all over the regions do not have the authorization of the former First Lady and the Vice Chairman of the Party.

2. At the said meeting, FEC agreed that it is illegal and in contravention of the Party’s Constitution and conventions for any member of the Party to prematurely give impression of his or her interest in the flagbearership for 2012 when the established convention states clearly that such expressed interest or declaration of interest should not come earlier than one full year to the General Elections when the Party is in power.

3. Members of various groups which claim to be campaigning for Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings or any NDC personality as candidate for the NDC flagbearership elections or as potential Parliamentary candidate for 2012 should forthwith desist from any premature declarations or campaigning that may cause further disunity and disaffection in the Party.

4. The NDC does not recognize any group or grouping within its ranks other than those specified in its Constitution as integral organs. FEC therefore warns all persons who have been arrogating to themselves the right and power to form groups/groupings that have the tendency of creating confusion, disunity tension, disaffection and general manifestation of indiscipline to cease their activities henceforth or face rigorous sanction.

5. By this public Statement, the NDC calls on the law enforcement agencies to assist it in identifying individuals and groups that may be engaged in such reprehensible activities that do not only undermine the Party but also have implications for the security and peace of our dear motherland.

6. Meanwhile all members of the Party are to remain calm at this crucial time when the unity of the Party needs to be upheld and promoted by all.

7. Members of the Party should desist from using abusive language and vilifying the image and work of any of H.E. the President and Leader of the Party, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, H.E. the former President and Founder of the Party, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, Former First Lady and a Vice-Chairman of the Party, Mrs. Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings or the leading office holders and members of our great Party, the NDC, or face stiff sanctions.

8. For the purpose of building a vibrant and tolerant democracy, the NDC appeals to the Media to refrain from commentaries that may inflame passion within its ranks, or cause unnecessary disaffection for the NDC amongst the general public and prevent the Party from resolving its internal issues amicably so as to contribute effectively to the democratic process in Ghana.

Dr. Kwabena Adjei
National Chairman, NDC