I want NPP out in 2020, but NDC lacks integrity – Rawlings

Former President Jerry John Rawlings says although he wants the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to be unseated in the 2020 general elections, the alternative party lacks credibility.

“Let me simply say, that I will very much want to see the NPP beaten but do we have what it takes? Do we have the capacity to be able to wrestle power from them?” he quizzed on Accra-based TV3 Friday.

He said the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) looks untidy to form the next government.

“The most important factor I believe has to do with the issue of the cleanup that needs to be done; the restoration of our integrity. We don’t like to hear it but I keep repeating it. We have to go back, seek a moral high ground,” he said

The NDC founder has suffered a backlash after he reportedly downplayed the chances of his party winning the 2020 general elections.

“These people think they can unseat this man [President Akufo-Addo] in 2020…NPP?…No,” Mr Rawlings reportedly told the media during a visit to his by EIB boss, Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi, known as Bola Ray.

Supporters of the NDC have registered their displeasure with the former President’s remarks with others accusing him of continually seeking the downfall of the party.

But clarifying the issue, the former coup leader said he would want the NPP to lose the next election but expressed worry the NDC has not what it takes to win either.

“The manner in which the electoral process has been happening since Sunyani has not been encouraging. It’s unfortunate, most unfortunate how come we lost the moral high grounds. I think they know what needs to be done,” he said.

He wants the party to be given to its rightful owners – the grassroots.

“…Let’s give the party back to them [grassroot], they are the ones who actually make it possible to win or lose elections, let’s respect their views,” he added.


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