The NDC has moved away from its principles of probity, accountability and social justice – Sekou Nkrumah

Political activist and writer Sekou Nkrumah Political activist and writer Sekou Nkrumah

Political activist and writer Sekou Nkrumah believes the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has strayed from its founding principles.

The son of the late Dr Kwame Nkrumah believes that although the party was founded on the principles of probity, accountability and social justice, it has moved away from these ideals over time.

In an exclusive interview with Dr Ren on Rainbow Radio 92.4FM, Mr Nkrumah said some people joined the NDC because of the party’s anti-corruption ideology.

He said the main objective of the NDC ideals was to uphold probity and accountability, as often emphasized by the late former President Jerry John Rawlings, and to exorcise the cancerous spirit of corruption from the country.

However, he argued, the essential roots that led to the founding of the party have disappeared.

He said although the NDC was previously seen as a “buga buga”, it has emerged as the party of choice for many people because of its principle of social justice.

He said it was not surprising that many people who left the CPP aligned themselves with the NDC because they supported the party’s beliefs on social justice and accountability.

Citing the late John Evans Atta Mills as an example, he said one of the main reasons why some people criticize the late John Evans Atta Mills is that he failed to meet the standards of probity and accountability to which the party believed.

He added that there were cases of corruption and scandals under former President John Agyekum Kufuor, but the late Mills failed to resolve these cases and those documented during his tenure.

Sekou Nkrumah said his call to fight corruption was not the one known under the previous administration when the accused were maimed or killed.

“But we had reached the point where the rule of law was paramount, and so it was important for him to initiate moves to use the courts to deal with all cases of corruption. However, he failed to do it and that is the reason why some people have always criticized his leadership style.

He claimed that the late Mills was not firm in the fight against corruption and allowed alleged corruption cases documented under the previous administration to fly away with the wind.

“The late Mills was not really firm and did not make conscious efforts to understand the principles of the NDC,” he said.

He went on to say that the NDC has abandoned its origins of social justice, probity and accountability, which has damaged it over the years.

Sekou Nkrumah added that former President John Dramani Mahama has also lost touch with the ideologies of the NDC.

Speaking on Mahama, he said the former president, who is keen to return to the presidency and could probably win, was also not firm in his fight against corruption, which he attributed to a leadership problem.

He stressed that the fight against corruption should not be limited to the NDC or the NPP because it is a question of leadership in the sense that we demand that leaders, regardless of their party affiliation, be firm, determined and ready to face the cancer of corruption. .