It seems members?of the yet-to-be launched National Democratic Party (NDP) are gearing up to face the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC)??boot for boot? in 2012.

Last Saturday, representatives of NDP and the governing NDC nearly turned the studio of ROK FM, a private radio station in Takoradi, into a political battleground during a current affairs programme, dubbed ?Political Encounter?.

It took the intervention of the host of the weekly programme, Fiifi Buckman to ensure normalcy at the studio.

Trouble started when the representative of the NDP, Joseph Bediako, who is also the Director of Finance for the Friends of Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings (FONKAR), was given the opportunity to tell listeners why the NDP broke away from the NDC and his mission in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis.

After explaining that he was in the metropolis to look for an office for the new party in the region, the NDP man told listeners that they broke away from the NDC because of the ineptitude and corruption in the ruling NDC, among others.

Mr. Bediako alleged that President John Evans Atta Mills and the government had deviated from the ruling party?s core values of probity, transparency and accountability.

He noted that rather the NDC leaders and some government functionaries had resorted to insulting Ghanaians and living opulent lifestyle at a time when the masses were living in abject poverty.

These statements from the NDP man apparently infuriated the NDC representative, Youknows Mohammed, who is also the Western Propaganda Secretary of the NDC.

He called on the host of the programme to stop Mr. Bediako from making further comments, but the host ignored Mohammed and asked the NDP man to continue.

However, in a subtle attempt to heckle the NDP, Mohammed was heard shouting on top of his voice that he would not allow Bediako to continue speaking and this resulted in heated exchanges between the two.

The host of the programme asked Mohammed to either shut up or walk out of the studio.

The NDC representative had no alternative than to shut up for the NDP man to speak.

It was at this point that the NDP man asked the NDC to get ready because what he did was just a tip of the iceberg and that the NDP was poised to give Ghanaians more revelations ahead of the December 7 general elections.

According to the former NDC activist, President Mills had mismanaged Ghana?s economy and that the payment of judgment debts to certain people?in the absence of any signed contracts with the government of Ghana constituted pure fraud initiated and executed by the NDC.

According to him, the current NDC government was worse off than other past governments as far as corruption was concerned.

He debunked the assertions by some people that former President Jerry John Rawlings and the wife Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings were not part of the formation of the new political party.

?Let me make it clear that Mr. Rawlings and his wife are part of the NDP and it is never true that we are forming this party and later go back to join the NDC, it will never happen,? he added.

When the NDC representative, Mohammed was given the chance to talk, he rubbished the allegation that there was unprecedented corruption in the current NDC government because the leader of the party, President Mills was a man of God and would never preside over corruption.

He therefore encouraged supporters of the NDC to stay focused and continue to educate the people on the achievements of the NDC?because the government had done a lot to solve the country?s myriad problems.

A member of the regional communication team of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who took part in the programme, said the infighting among members of the NDC would not give the president the peace of mind to solve the country?s problems.

He therefore asked the electorate to vote out the NDC in the next general elections, stressing that the NPP would develop the country.

?From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi

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