The party said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo's claim that the area has seen zero development under the NDC's governments undermines "the value of truth and respect" for the late former President Jerry John Rawlings.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said the Volta Region has seen very little in terms of development over the years, despite voting massively for the NDC in successive elections.
According to him, "I am sure that all of you have seen that today, the umbrella has got nothing but holes in it. It can no longer act as an umbrella, it got holes in it. When it rains and you put it up, the water will be upon you because it’s no longer working as an umbrella."
He continued: "The umbrella has dominated the politics of the Volta Region in the Fourth Republic, but what are the results? What is the progress that the Volta Region has seen under the umbrella? Zero! Zero! Zero! Absolutely zero!"
A statement issued by the NDC on Monday, November 23, 2020, and signed by its Communication Officer, Kafui Sorkpa Agbleze, said the region is "surprised by the pronouncement of H.E Nana Addo that Volta has had zero progress under the NDC during his recent campaign tour of Hohoe" adding that the pronouncement by President Akufo-Addo has "exposed his hypocrisy as someone who believed Rawlings did nothing for the people of the Volta Region."
"It is sad President Nana Addo came to the Volta region only to inform us that JJ Rawlings, who governed this country for 8 years on the ticket of the NDC, did nothing for his home region?
"We, in the Volta region, will forever immortalise Rawlings and his achievements. For the greater part of the NDC in government, it was JJ Rawlings that had the most years. Rawlings had eight (8) years, Mills four (4) years, Mahama four (4) years. Since Rawlings had the most years under the NDC, by the pronouncement of the president, he is saying Rawlings should be blamed for the zero progress in the Volta Region. Such blunders should not be committed under the cassock of political expediency.
"The people of Volta Region deserve some level of decency and respect especially in this moment of grief as they mourn their irreplaceable and illustrious son, Jerry John Rawlings. Tradition demands that no one talks ill of the dead and we thought the president would’ve known better as an elderly person," the statement added.
It noted that "The people of the Volta region cherish their tradition and respect the sovereignty of truth.
"Climbing the back of the elephant is not an option for the people of the region because NDC is one of Rawlings legacies and that will be protected as an honour to his memory as former President Rawlings did a lot for the region.
"He brought clean and potable drinking water to the various communities in the region, rural electrification, telecommunications, gave the region its regional hospital, a number of District hospitals including the Sogakope district hospital, construction of roads which opened up the region, secured funds and constructed the Keta sea defense project, Agordome water treatment plant among many other developments to the region. President Rawlings touched on every sector of the economy during his reign as President and leader of the NDC.
"The people of the Volta region will honour the memory of Jerry John Rawlings by making sure the NDC party he founded comes to power in this year's election.