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November 10, 2011
NDC emerge united after congress
Accra, Dec. 22, GNA - The National Democratic Congress (NDC)
on Thursday ended its National Delegates' Congress,
celebrating the unity of the party and not Professor John
Evans Atta Mills' victory as the party's presidential
candidate for Election 2008.
Prior to the official announcement of the results by the
Electoral Commission and the subsequent declaration of Prof.
Mills as the winner, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, National Youth
Organiser of the party, said there was an instruction from
the Founder of the party, former President Jerry John
Rawlings and Prof. Mills that delegates should minimise
At the time, it was obvious that Prof. Mills was about to
win but he preferred a celebration of the party's victory to
a celebration of his victory.
It was all hugs and handshakes among the four contestants
when Prof. Mills was finally declared the flagbearer of the
party for Election 2008.
Indeed, when he took his turn after the other three losing
contestants, Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah
and Mr. Eddie Anang, he was flanked by all three of them.
He declared "this is a victory for all the four of us and
for the NDC."
As leader of the party, he declared all campaign teams of
the losing contestants dissolved and converted them into one
campaign team with all the four of them as campaign
They all held their hands and raised them up amidst cheers
by the party supporters, a gesture that perfectly depicted
the theme for the congress - Unity for Victory 2008.
During the speeches by the three losing candidates, Flt. Lt.
Rawlings, who took a seat at the front row among the
delegates, kept nodding in approval of the display of
maturity and unity.
The General Secretary of the party, Mr. Johnson
Asiedu-Nketiah, a.k.a. General Mosquito, was also spotted
sitting among that delegates, sweating profusely when the
votes were being counted.
In what analysts have described as vigilant self-monitoring,
the party employed not just the police but also several
party members to maintain security at the congress premises.
They did that effectively as they ensured that anyone who
did not have accreditation to be at the congress premises
was kept at bay.
There was absolute peace and stability at the congress
grounds with pockets of arguments about who was a preferred
candidate and who was not.
Delegates and members of the party left the congress ground
amidst dancing and singing to the tune of the party's anthem