Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings
The Upper West Regional branch of the June 4 movement at the weekend joined their counter-parts across the country to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the up-rising with a call on former President Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings and the President, Professor John E.A. Mills to put aside all forms of animosities and differences and unite to ensure victory in this year’s elections.
This according to the movement was the only way by which the ideals and principles that the up-rising stood for could be preserved.
The event which brought together cadres from across the region was on the theme: “Sustaining the Values June 4 Popular Up-rising.”
Also in attendance were the Upper West Regional Minister, Alhaji Amin Amidu Sulemani and his deputy, Mr. Cesaer Kale, District Chief Executives members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and some cadres of the 31st December Revolution.
Opening the ceremony the Upper West Regional Minister, Alhaji Sulemani said the June 4 up-rising was a landmark event in the history of the country whose ideals continue to be relevant even within the new democratic dispensation.
He said the achievements of the movement focused on the tenets of probity, accountability and equity and these were highly embraced by the people of Ghana including perceived opponents of the leader Flt. Lt. Rawlings.
Alhaji Sulemani said the theme for the occasion was even more appropriate as the country prepares for the general elections, adding that “In this crucial year of elections this is a very positive development, which should be sustained for the national democratic congress to retain power.
He said it was important for all true members of the movement and the NDC at large to realize that even though there were some level of challenges, those challenges were surmountable and all and sundry must work towards ensuring that the party remained united.
“We have a common interest and that is to work towards retaining power for 2012 and beyond. It is therefore necessary for us to put aside all forms of animosities and whatever differences and fight the common enemy, that is the opposition,” he stressed.
The Regional Chairman of the movement, Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Jamatutu on his part commended former President Rawlings for his immense contribution towards redeeming the country from the collapse it suffered in the 70s.
He explained that the reasons for the up-rising were the issues of probity and accountability, participatory decision making from the grass root and respect for the common people.
Alhaji Jamatutu said this country had come far in terms of its development and with the NDC which was an offshoot of the up-rising in power all must be done to ensure it remained there.
He said despite the daunting challenges facing the country, it was important for all supporters of the NDC to unite to battle the common enemy which was the New Patriotic Party (NPP).