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I Won’t Beg Mills – Spio Declares

Spio Garbrah

Spio Garbrah

“Goosie Tanoh left the NDC; Obed Asamoah left; Kwesi Botchwey has been sidelined and now they are saying Spio-Garbrah can go. They cannot hijack the NDC and decide who leaves or stays,” – Ekwow Spio-Garbrah.

EKWOW Spio-Garbrah, a leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has stated that he would not go on his knees to beg President Atta Mills for any political appointment and that his critical comments on the government are genuine and should not be misconstrued as sour grapes.

Spio revealed that he would be contesting the National Vice Chairman slot of the NDC and expressed unhappiness that persons who openly supported his campaign to become the NDC flag-bearer in 2008 are currently being victimized and treated like outcasts by some notables at the Seat of Government.

Dr. Spio-Garbrah, addressing a news conference in Accra yesterday, expressed disappointment at what he described as lack of internal unity within the NDC and noted that those who think they can scheme to push him out of the party are on a wild goose chase because he is not about to leave the party for any person or group of persons.

He sounded like a priest and quoted from the Bible a couple of times during the press conference where he alleged that memos he sent to President Mills had been deliberately blocked by some persons in the corridors of power and opined that it was because of such ‘pull him down’ behaviors that persons like Goosie Tanoh and Dr Obed Asamoah left the NDC but he would not allow a few group of persons near the President to push him out of a party he had toiled so much to build.

The press conference, according to him, was to respond to a litany of allegations that had been leveled against him by his colleagues in the NDC following an article he wrote for publication in the Daily Graphic.

The said article unnerved the Communications Director at the Office of the President, Koku Anyidoho and Ato Ahwoi, Special Advisor to President Mills, who both went on rampage, taking Dr. Spio-Garbrah to the cleaners. They showered wild insults on his person, reducing him to nothing.

Dr. Spio-Garbrah, who is domiciled in London, said he travelled to Ghana because he was informed that the NDC leadership had called for a cease fire and promised to hold a meeting at which whatever differences would be resolved; but after his arrival two weeks ago, not a word had been said to him in relation to settling the differences, though he had made himself available to the party leadership and informed them of his mission.

However, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the NDC, said Spio-Garbrah cannot stampede the party to take a decision in his favour. According to him, the NDC had not invited the former Minister of Communications under Jerry John Rawlings to any meeting and therefore the issue of a meeting was misplaced.

Asiedu-Nketia, popularly called General Mosquito, who was obviously not happy about Spio’s relationship with the party, pointed out that it does not lie in the mouth of the CTO Chief Executive to call for a meeting of the party when he was not an executive member.

General Mosquito described as unfortunate, Spio’s declaration to contest the party’s vice chairmanship position when there was an embargo on such moves, stressing that his action could cause a break down of discipline among the rank and file.

Dr. Spio-Garbrah, at the press conference, said though President Mills had made a verbal promise to appoint him Minister once the party won the last election, the President had had a one-on-one meeting with him to explain why that promise could not be fulfilled now, thus it was untrue that he was begging for a position in the new government.

“It may disappoint my detractors and surprise many Ghanaians to learn that in the 14 or so years that I have collaborated politically with Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, I have never once asked him for any cabinet appointment. If so, it would be interesting to learn where and when I may have made such a request and what portfolio I asked for.

“On the other hand, at a reception at Kuku Hill in July 2003, to coincide with his (Atta Mills’) birthday and also my impending departure to assume office as Chief Executive Officer of the CTO, President Mills himself announced voluntarily to the more than 100 guests at the function thus:

‘When we win the 2004 elections, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah is the first person I shall appoint as a Minister in my government.’ I did not ask Prof. Mills to make that statement and to this day I have never asked him why he made it.

I am aware that some of my current detractors were unhappy with that statement,” Dr.Spio-Garbrah noted. He described as false the claim that he was the originator of the reports concerning the failing health of Atta Mills at the threshold of election 2008.

Responding to allegations from Koku Anyidoho that he had a cheap PhD, Spio explained that he received the honorary doctorate degree from the Middlebury College in June 2001 when he was not in government and though he had the academic right to use it, it was the CTO that decided he should use it as part of his titles.

He said the Daily Graphic article was not meant to offend any person and expressed dismay that some of his NDC colleagues could not comprehend the article though it was written in simple English at the level of any Senior High School graduate.

Source: dailyguideghana

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