NDC can't sanction Martin Amidu if... - Victor Smith

Victor Smith said it will be unfair to leave out Rawlings, as many believe the utterances of these two caused the party in the 2016 general elections

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He said it will be unfair to leave out Rawlings, as many believe the utterances of these two caused the party in the 2016 general elections.

"I think the founder can speak in house, he doesn’t have to go on public platform to speak about what it is with the NDC party that worries him. I think that is not in order, if you’re a founder you’re the father of the party, if you’re not happy about something there’re channels that you can use and not to go public. I don’t think there’s anybody with the NDC who’s above the laws that govern the party," he said in an interview on Accra-based Kasapa FM.

Some members of the NDC have petitioned the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party to sanction Martin Amidu for his recent statements in the party.

The petitioners, Evans Amankwah, 2016 Parliamentary candidate for Adansi Asokwa in the Ashanti Region and Abigail Elorm Mensah, a 2016 Parliamentary candidate for Fanteakwa South in the Eastern Region in their petitioned dated August 7, 2017 said Mr Amidu has brought the party into disrepute.

They said contrary to Article 46(8) of the party’s constitution, Martin Amidu has brought the NDC in to public ridicule as well.

But Victor Smith speaking on the development in the NDC said "Personally, I think it will be difficult that the party leadership will summon Martin Amidu over his utterances that bring the party into disrepute without calling on ex President Rawlings. You can’t call one party stalwart and leave the other, that will be really bad. We need to look for a better way of dealing with this situation.

"That fact that he continues to criticize the NDC publicly is what shocks me because he still has a say within the party. None of the NDC elders will turn down an invitation from ex-President Rawlings to come over so they discuss certain happenings in the party that bothers him, so I just don’t understand the need for him to be washing the NDC dirty linen in public. Too much of Mr Rawlings public attack on the NDC angers a lot of people, because we have a long way to go in ensuring party unity and moving forward."

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