Social Commentator Allotey Jacobs has slammed the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for their boycott of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-elections, and also the intention of the opposition party to snub the Commission of Inquiry established to look into the electoral violence.
To Allotey Jacobs, the party’s hierarchy did a great disservice to its members because of the “cowardly” conduct they put up during the by-elections.
He wondered why the party didn’t match the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) boot-for-boot in the by-elections but rather opted to pulled out.
Speaking to host Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo”, he noted that the NDC is a “no retreat, no surrender” party.
To him, the leadership of the party should not have chickened out of the elections, but rather, “mobilized people to go and face those hoodlums who were molesting our guys”.
“Boycotting the Ayawaso West elections was the greatest disservice to the NDC because the NDC has never boycotted elections before, from 1992. It’s so painful…No retreat, no surrender. They should bear in mind that he who fights and run away lives to fight another day. We’re not building the true NDC as it used to be. When we boycotted the elections, some were calling for investigations; some were calling for a Commission. A Commission comes in, you’re boycotting the Commission too, then how do we move forward as a nation? Are we holding the nation to ransom? We have fighters in the NDC”, he said.
Allotey Jacobs advised the party to avail itself to the Commission of Inquiry and not repeat that cowardly act again.
“They should go and face the Commission. If the current leadership says they won’t go, it’s their cup of tea…What are we doing to the party? I’m not a hypocrite neither am I a coward. So, it’s their own issue if this is the way they want to behave. It is a party for future generations,” the outspoken former NDC National Executive.