Mr. Carl Wilson, a one-time National Democratic Congress (NDC) activist, who was appointed by the late President Atta Mills specifically to be in charge of confiscated vehicles at the Ports, has told Citi News that his upcoming political movement will be putting forward an Independent Presidential Candidate for the upcoming elections in November.
In his view, the country has not witnessed the desired development as a result of the political party influence that does not give a President the free hands to perform efficiently for the larger national interest.
Mr. Wilson was widely criticized during his days as the Chairman of the Confiscated Vehicles Allocation Committee, leading to his dismissal.
He was widely accused of selling off seized cars cheaply to his cronies. Mr. Wilson, who was viewed as the then President Mills’ ‘darling boy’ was also accused of other reckless behaviour. He has however denied all the allegations.Mr. Wilson, who had been silent since his dismissal in March 2010, has suddenly popped up with the idea to galvanize the youth to change Ghana, because in his view, the current system is not progressive.
I am not against Mahama, I am against the system
Speaking on Citi FM’s Point Blank segment on Eyewitness News today, [Wednesday], Mr. Wilson said, President Mahama cannot be blamed for the challenges facing the country since the system does not allow him to operate as he should.
“I am not against Mahama; you can blame Mahama and the NDC all you want, or even Kufuor, the NPP or Akufo-Addo. But all that you have to do is to look at the reason why after every election cycle people cry out for change. I am not inventing anything. I am just taking what is there, analysing it and finding solutions. People are craving for change. The NPP’s mantra is ‘arise for change’. That was also the NDC’s mantra before 2008. Is it not the same thing? Why do we have to be running in circle instead of finding the solution to what is ailing us as a country and as a people?”
“I am only against the system of governance that we impose on the presidents that we elect. If you take an angel who hasn’t been corrupted before in his life and put that person in the seat of the presidency in 2016; in 2017, you will start crying for change and corruption. It is not the person; it is the system that he is running. So condemn Mahama for all you want; it’s the system he has inherited. How can he fix things if the system is not giving him a free hand to fix it? I am not holding up for Mahama but I am pointing out things that are defective.”
A ‘political party’s President’ can’t change Ghana
Mr. Wilson buttressed his point with the example of how the late President Mills, supposedly ordered the non-payment of the controversial Ghc51 million judgement debt to Alfred Woyome, yet the money was paid by the then Attorney
“So put Mahama in that seat; how do you blame him if that money was paid,” he asked. We can’t have a political party sending a President in that seat and expect Ghana to work; it won’t work. What we have to do is to separate the presidency from the party. You have parties elect sending their reps to parliament regardless of whoever has majority in parliament; it doesn’t matter. But the one sitting on top in the executive chair should not have any link with any of the parties in Parliament. He will then have a free hand to operate. He will then have the power that the constitution grants him to run this country for it to work.
We wilI push for an Independent Presidential candidate
According to him, one of the key aims of his movement which he calls, Yellow Movement, is to canvass for nationwide support against the country’s current political system in a bid to unseat his former party the NDC while preventing the New Patriotic Party (NPP) from tasting political power in this year’s election.
“We are calling for a yellow revolution that is bringing the youth together for a change. The youth will be rallied behind an independent candidate to become President of this country in 2016.I am for Ghana and for what is right for this country. I am not against Mahama. I am calling for the system to change to change.”
He insisted that what the country needs now is a president who will be independent of any political party control, saying until a President is separated from political party influence, the country will never move forward.
An independent candidate can win and be effective
Mr. Wilson said the chances that an independent candidate would be more effective are higher since he would have the total freedom to work without political party control.
“There is ample guarantee because an independent candidate will have a free hand to appoint who he wants to run the government. If you misbehave and you don’t perform you are fired. If decisions have to be taken in the interest of Ghana, he won’t think about how that’s going to affect the political party first. He will first think about what will work for Ghana and not for any particular individual or party.”
He added that, “Parliament would have a way to work together because none of them have the executive. They will be forced to listen to each other and work together because they need the President and the President needs them. There will be a seamless working relationship between the executive and Parliament. Can the NPP today work with the executive; no. If the NPP has good ideas that will work to solve our economic problem, can they take it to the President? No they won’t. So whatever is happening in Parliament is working against the interest of Ghana and that is what we have to seek to change.”
I wasn’t guilty; NDC elements plotted my dismissal
Commenting on his dismissal as the then Chairman of the Confiscated Vehicles Committee, Mr. Carl Wilson said he was hounded out by some elements in the NDC who did not like him, and that the then President, Atta Mills, did not sanction the dismissal.
He blamed this on what he calls a system that makes political parties powerful than even the President, to the point that his decisions are disregarded.
According to him, an investigation into the allegations of wrongdoing against him, established that he did no wrong.
“If you have a whole system calling for the removal of somebody who they perceive to be corrupt; somebody who even refused a lot of gesture of bribes to the point where President Mills called me to ask if I had refused a bribe of $80,000 and I said yes. And you had some people within the party system going to him to remove me. He was asked them for evidence on many occasions. And it had to take two very senior officers of the ruling party to go and organise people to lock up the offices of a sitting government. The two senior party people were Yaw Boateng Gyan, the then National NDC Organizer, and the then party Chairman, Dr. Kwabena Adjei. The President had his own investigations conducted and in three investigations I came out clean as my then boss told me. I didn’t even know I was being investigated.”