Mr Kofi Portuphy, a leading member of the National Democratic Congress(NDC), says Professor John Evans Atta Mills is the best candidate for 2012 elections and that recent developments in the party should not influence the faithful against him.
He said the leadership style of the Professor is humility and hard work and that had earned him admiration from many Ghanaians and therefore no NDC member should lose confidence in because of certain unfounded and baseless allegations leveled against him.
Mr Portuphy, who was speaking at a grand durbar to mark the 20th anniversary celebration of the NDC in the Eastern Region, noted that it was the hard work and commitment of the founding fathers that had brought the party thus far and that the support given to past leaders should be given to President Mills.
He declared that victory for the NDC and for that matter Professor Mills in the December elections was inevitable and that must shape the thinking of all party faithful to work in unity.
The NDC stalwart, indicated that the success of the party cannot be attributed to only one person and that the party would grow stronger if those who started it gave way to others to also come on board with new ideas and strategies.
Mr Portuphy reminded the supporters to go and check their names during the voter exhibition to ensure that they could vote adding that the fact that one had the voter identity card did not guarantee his name on the register until had been verified.
He said the NDC believed in the power of the voter and therefore in the next six weeks it would train two agents for each polling station for the revision exercise as part of the anniversary celebration.
The Eastern Regional Organiser of the Party, Mr Tawiah Boateng, who recalled the process that led to Professor Mills inclusion concluded that in view of the fact that former President Rawlings trusted him, the NDC should not allow personal interests to cloud their judgment on from Professor Mills.
He said the support given to former President Rawlings must be given to Professor Mills and that was the only way for the party would remain in power and be a force to reckon with.
According to him, the success story of the NDC, particularly its logo and colours could not be traced to the Rawlingses alone as was being peddled and urge all members to be strong and rally behind the good old professor for nothing could stand in the way of victory for the party this year.
Mr Safo Kantanka, former regional secretary of the Democratic Freedom Party(DFP), said the return of the DFP was an indication of the good works of Professor Mills and therefore called on all DFP members who were still contemplating to come back to join the winning team.
Earlier, a large crowd of the NDC fraternity led by the Regional Executives and Seven remaining founding fathers in the region worshiped at the Central Mosque to thank God for life of the party and donated mats, sheep and an undisclosed amount of money to the mosque.
The seven surviving Founding Fathers were also honored with gifts as a token in recognition of their untiring efforts and commitment that made the NDC strong and formidable in the region.
As part of the celebration, a clean-up exercise by party faithful in the region was held at the Tafo government hospital and its environs.