Groundswell support within the National Democratic Congress for the expulsion of party founder Jerry John Rawlings and former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Martin Alamisi Amidu from the biggest opposition party for gross misconduct is gradually gathering momentum.

While party executives and members alike, over the years have been mulling over how to deal with the two leading “recalcitrant” party figures over their sustained malicious scathing attacks on the NDC and its senior members; a recent no hold barred epistle by former deputy Chief of Staff, Valerie Sawyer, addressing the duo’s persistent diatribes has since, witnessed an upsurge in calls for their expulsion from the party.

In what now appears to be a rebellion by party kingpins and, rank and file of the NDC against the “misconduct” of founder, Jerry John Rawlings and loudmouth Martin Amidu, heavyweights in the party who hitherto were unapologetic devotees of the NDC founder, have since the release of the epistle by the former deputy Chief of Staff been pushing for the duo to be expel from the party.

As a precursor, two failed 2016 parliamentary candidates of the NDC, Abigail Elorm Mensah and Evans Amankwah have petitioned the party to take disciplinary action against Mr Amidu for violating article 46(8) of the NDC’s constitution.

The latest wrangling in the party has also informed today’s emergency meeting called by the opposition party’s Council of Elders. The crunch meeting is expected to address the raging hostilities among kingpins of the party.

“The leadership will meet over many, many issues. I can say for sure that focus of conversation will be on Kwesi Botchwey report, deputy General Secretary, Koku Anyidoho confirmed.

According to the NDC deputy general secretary, every issue worthy of discussion will come up in today’s emergency meeting.

Mr. Anyidoho also mentioned that a petition against Mr. Amidu for his attacks on the party has been referred to the NDC Disciplinary Committee which has started a probe and, will soon meet the parties involved and submit its report in 30 days.

Meanwhile, former Municipal Chief Executive for Ejisu-Juaben, Mr Afrifa Yamoah Ponko has proposed that Mr Amidu be sacked from the NDC together with Mr Jerry John Rawlings, insisting that they are birds of the same feathers seeking the down fall of the party.

He said “now that Dr Valerie Sawyerr has exposed the wizards, it is time we uproot the pot of witchcraft in the party. It has tormented us for far too long but the time is rife now. We cannot tolerate it any longer.”

“If we are not careful Martin Amidu and Rawlings will collapse the party before 2020. They are birds of the same feathers who want to scuttle things in the party before 2020”, he stressed.

The former Municipal Chief Executive for Ejisu-Juaben added that, “Rawlings has insulted us enough with corruption since the era of President Mills through to President Mahama…for 8 good years we have allowed ourselves to be insulted enough. When we were campaigning, he was personally campaigning against the party and we lost. He contributed heavily to the disgraceful defeat of the party. We have nowhere to go again and we must fight back which has started with Dr Valarie Sawyer,” Yamoah Ponko stated.

These comments followed Valerie Sawyer’s blazing attack on ex-president Rawlings and his confidante, Martin Amidu who she described as an “irritant”.

She chronicled and, wondered, the loud silence of the ex-president on a number of issues bordering on corruption under President Akufo Addo, including the controversial $2.25 billion government bond, the sale of 5 million litres of contaminated fuel at BOST, parliamentary bribery scandal among others.

Describing Amidu as a “pompous” personality with an “over-bloated ego”, Valerie did not understand why Amidu disregarded her directive stopping all appointees from granting press interviews after a presidential press conference held by the then John Mills.

Some leading members of the party including National Organizer, Kofi Adams; National Communication Officer, Solomon Nkansah; former National Chairman, Dr Yao Obed Asamoah, deputy National Communications Office, Kwaku Boahen, former High Commissioner to India, Sam Pee Yalley among others have hailed Dr Valerie for speaking the minds of many party members.

Political analysts have observed that the nationwide clamor among members of the party for the expulsion of Messrs. Rawlings and Amidu indicate that the duo’s influence in the NDC has noticeably waned. “In the 1990s, how dare you speak ill of Rawlings? But today those who stood by him and defended him to the hilt are amongst those calling for his removal from the party and unfortunately for Mr Rawlings, ordinary party supporters are also fed up with him and are also supporting calls for his sacking,” a renowned political commentator told this paper.

According to the well-known analysts who don’t want to be named “with what is happening in the NDC now, even if Rawlings and Amidu are not expelled from the party, they will remain irrelevant going forward… Nobody will involve them in any serious party activity. They have lost all legitimacy to remain in there… Rawlings’ support at the grassroots has shrunk and this could mark the end of his relevance in NDC and Ghana politics,” he stated.

Source: The aL-HAJJ