26 November 2012

Ghana: Rawlings Dribbles NDC

The Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Jerry John Rawlings, last Friday disappointed massive followers of the party in the Brong Ahafo Region, when he failed to campaign for the ruling party, as earlier advertised.

Prior to the arrival of the NDC founder in Techiman, the regional executives of the ruling party had gone on air to announce to the teeming followers that Mr. Rawlings was going to start a campaign tour of the region to garner more votes for President John Mahama.

This news excited the supporters of the party, who rushed in their numbers to Techiman to welcome Mr. Rawlings. After waiting for their leader for hours, amid drumming and dancing, Mr. Rawlings emerged from the Chief's palace, where he held discussions with the Queenmother, Nana Hemaa Abrefi Koto, but to their disappointment, Mr. Rawlings did not engage in any politics.

The people were expecting him to launch blistering attacks on the opponents of the party, as he did in 2008, but he never did that, and rather advised the crowd to avoid provocation and its concomitant violence during the elections.

Mr. Rawlings noted that all the presidential candidates had realised that Ghanaians were fed up with corruption, and had, therefore, pledged to fight against the canker, therefore, it behooved on the people of the country to be bold to hold whoever emerges as winner of the December elections accountable.

The founder of the NDC advised the people of the country to organise another free and fair election, without any form of intimidation, calling on the security agencies to be firm and fair in their line of duty, to avoid any possible rejection of the results.

Mr. Rawlings cautioned the political leaders not to corrupt the electoral process, since it could lead to instability in the country. During the earlier meeting with Queenmother, the ex-President emphatically declared that he was not in Techiman to campaign, but to rather appeal to the chiefs and elders to instruct the youth not to engage in any violent activities, before, during, and after the elections, to ensure peace.

Some of the Brong-Ahafo Regional executives of the NDC, including the Regional Chairman, Mr. Opoku Atuahene, Regional Organiser, Mumuni Saaka, and a founding member of the party, Amankwa Bimpong, accompanied the former president.

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