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NDC Summons Spio For Pissing In

 

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The frosty relationship between the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah has taken a further dip, as the party’s leadership summons the communications expert and Vice Chairman-aspirant to face a disciplinary committee.

This latest twist widens further the schism between the pro-Rawlings camp to which Spio belongs, and the pro-Mills camp- a degeneration which was evidenced by the vitriolic exchanges recently. The summons was contained in a formal letter signed by party General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketiah headlined, “Breach Of Party Code Of Conduct And Disciplinary Code”.

The letter asked that Spio holds himself in readiness for an invitation by the National Disciplinary Committee of the party to assist in investigations into the breach. Dated 29/10/09, the letter was addressed to Dr. Spio-Garbrah at an Asylum Down address referenced NDC/HQ/14/01/373.

According to the letter, Spio’s article in the Daily Graphic titled, “Honouring Nkrumah’s Legacy: A Challenge”, was a breach of the party’s code of conduct and disciplinary code. “The purpose of this letter is to inform you to hold yourself in readiness for any invitation the Committee may decide to extend to you to assist in their investigations,” the letter stated.

Continuing, it asked Spio “to cooperate with the Committee to ensure a fair adjudication of the matter in keeping with the democratic tenets of our great party.” The alleged breach of the party’s codes of conduct and discipline by the publication, the letter pointed out, was first reported to a Functional Executive Committee of the party meeting by the National Chairman on 15th October 2009.

Following the report, the letter went on, the matter was referred to the Disciplinary Committee by the National Executive Committee in exercise of powers conferred upon it by Article 39 (1) and (6) of the party’s constitution.

Before emplaning to his London base, Spio had announced that when the party requires him to come down to Accra, he would expect them to attach his plane ticket to the invitation, since his two-week stay did not elicit any invitation, especially when there had been reports that he was wanted by the party leadership in order to broker truce between him and Ato Ahwoi, a Presidential advisor, over his ‘pissing in and out’ article.

Ato Ahwoi had written in a newspaper that Spio could ‘piss in’ because President Mills was not going to give him any appointment if his Graphic article was intended to blackmail the President. Abrasive as the exchanges were, the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Kwabena Adjei, stepped in with a call for a truce, explaining that the leadership was going to organize a peace-pipe smoking meeting.

The truce appeared to have held for a while but when Spio arrived and held a press conference on the issue, the gangrenous wound opened up again. These are choppy times in the history of the ruling party as the various power blocs each flex muscles in their turfs.

When Spio arrived in the country, it was in honouring ostensibly an invitation from the party’s leadership towards peacemaking. That was not to be when General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketiah dismissed Spio’s statement, saying that the party did not ask him to come down for anything.

He cheekily stated on radio that if Spio said he received his invitation through the internet then he had better go back to the same channel to send his response. Signs of a disciplinary action were prominent when in a radio interview the General Secretary stated that Spio, by announcing his intention to vie for the position of Vice Chairman of the NDC, had breached party rules.

With the elapsing of time however, the somewhat muffled developments began rearing their heads, especially when President Mills completed his cabinet appointments. In the Spio-authored article in the Graphic, the subject of the aggravated division, the failed presidential flagbearer aspirant of the NDC in the 2008 polls pointed at a number of anomalies in the Mills’ government.

Although the article was in commemoration of the centenary of the first President, the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the bite concerned what, for him, were avoidable blunders in the ruling NDC. He for instance frowned at the choice of appointees from a Team ‘B’ when Team ‘A’ materials were sitting on the bench.

This was in reference to an abysmal performance by the government ministers because of inexperience. His reprimand of the government communications machinery appeared to have hit the President’s Director of Communications, Koku Anyidoho, when in response he described Spio as a nobody whose performance, when he was Ghana’s envoy to the US, was not a secret at the mission in Washington.

He did not stop there but poured so much scorn such as “Spio holds a cheap PhD” and “Spio my foot”; and at a point, the party leadership had to pull the brakes on the fractious exchanges. Before this, Ato Ahwoi had fired a written response to the Graphic treatise, describing it as an act of pissing into the party.

He asked Spio to review his method of seeking remedies if he really wanted to be considered as a presidential candidate, adding that as for getting appointment under a Mills’ government; that was not feasible. “How could Mills appoint someone who spread rumours about his ailment?” he asked rhetorically.

Spio lost to President Mills in the 2006 presidential primary of the NDC in an exercise preceding the 2008 polls. Mr. Ahwoi, a leading figure in the Mills camp, considers Spio as being frustrated because of his failure to land a cabinet position in the government.

When it appeared apparent that there was not going to be any meeting between him and the party leadership towards resolving the feud, Spio organized a press conference and stated that he would not allow himself to be driven away by a group of persons in the party.

He saw the unfolding developments as part of a grand design to, as it were, frustrate him out of the party. Spio and Party Founder Rawlings’ rating of the Mills government show similar traits. In his first attack on the Mills Administration, Rawlings described it as ‘mediocre’.

Source: dailyguideghana

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