The suspension of Mr Bernard Allotey Jacobs is a perfect decision which must be extended to Mr Koku ”the bull” Anyidoho and President Rawlings, in the name of fairness.
The simplest meaning of a political party, is a group of like-minded people who work together solely to win political power.
While the functions of a political party may include education of citizens, provision of policy alternatives and keeping Government in check, the ultimate aim is to govern and this draws the distinction between a POLITICAL PARTY and PRESSURE GROUP or a CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION.
The political party is also perhaps the most fluid association or group, aside the church, therefore, it is very easy to quit one political party and join the other.
The decision of the National Democratic Congress to suspend its former Central Regional Chairman should be welcomed by all lovers of democracy, and party discipline.
Every political party like any association has rules, regulations, rights and obligations that every member once he subscribes to the party, is bound to respect and adhere to.
Mr. Allotey Jacobs who has been a President John Atta-Mills loyalist, has benefited immensely from the NDC party.
He served under President Mills as a board member of the Electricity Company of Ghana, for the entire period the NDC was in office until he decided to contest for the Central Regional Chairmanship.
A clear and conspicuous departure from what the party stands for will definitely not be in favour of the party.
In fact, Political Actors have recently wondered if Mr. Jacobs is still a member of the NDC ?
Mr Allotey Jacobs cannot claim to speak the truth as the reason for his suspension, if so, why did he not speak the same truth when the NDC was in power and was a board member of ECG and the Central Regional Chairman?
Is he now ”born again”?
This makes the current decision of the party to ”disown and disclaim” Mr. Allotey Jacobs an excellent decision of the NDC party, which indeed is too long overdue!
Like the Bible says in Proverbs 13:24 ”Spare the rod and spoil the child,” the leadership of all political parties must always be on the look-out for questionable behaviors of their members so they are not misconstrued as party-backed behaviors, because the NDC would be deemed to be acquiescing if it did not suspend Mr. Allotey Jacobs.
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) while in opposition some years ago suspended its leading members such as Dr Charles Ives Kwabena Wereko-Brobbey, Dr Arthur Kobina Kennedy, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, and Paul Afoko among others.
A political party should not be scared nor hesitate to crack-the-whip when it has to, in an open, transparent and objective manner, without ill-motive, unfair or procedural impropriety.
However, the members should be afforded the forum to show cause why they should not be punished in accordance with the Divinely ordained principle of Natural Justice.
The NDC must be brave to extend this disciplinary measure against the founder of the party, President Rawlings and Koku Anyidoho, both of whom are also on record on several occasions to have indulged in ANTI-PARTY activities, the very reason for suspending Allotey Jacobs.
The party must not be scared of the so-called mythical Rawlings factor which may dissuade it because of votes from the Volta region. The 2012 election is enough scientific proof to disprove, refute and demystify the age-long ”mythical Rawlings.”
Party discipline is everywhere, it must be exercised with all absolute care and finesse, so as not to be seen as gaging members and citizens in the country.
OHENEBA NANA OSEI KUMI,
Managing Editor, UPSAnewsroom