Former President Jerry John Rawlings suggests it is his abhorrence for thievery and lying that ensured that he stayed in business office for nearly 19 a long time.
Addressing a delegation of Chiefs and Queen mothers from the Ave Conventional Spot who termed on him, the former president claimed, “I did not come to public business office to steal and by no means did. We experienced to go by means of a whole lot of sacrifices to get to right now as a region, and there is no way I was going to compromise on my integrity.”
Flt Lt Rawlings mentioned that his concepts as he propagated and proven for the duration of his tenure, nonetheless, has been deserted.
“We [NDC] gained all our elections and survived some of the most hoping occasions of our nation’s background for as very long as we did, bringing hope and reduction to our folks since of all those stable values and ideas.
“What has sustained some of us is our attachment to the concepts of fact, justice and good engage in – it is not a vulgar quest for materialism, a trait which has regrettably perpetuated by itself into the leadership structures of our modern society,” the former President mentioned.
Touching on what went wrong, previous President Rawlings mentioned the mass of political testosterone that swirled all over the Countrywide Democratic Congress (NDC) victory in 2008 evaporated when the Mills govt failed to carefully re-look into political killings these as the assassination of the Yaa Naa and the loss of life of Alhaji Issa Mobilla, then Northern Regional Chairman of the CPP.
Former President Rawlings said the refusal to reinstate truth of the matter, transparency and most of all justice into the cloth and psyche of the country led to the institutionalization of crime and corruption, eventually resulting in NDC’s electoral decline of 2016.
Commenting on the recent e book by Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, ‘Working with Rawlings’, the former President mentioned it was unlucky that matters involving the late President Mills experienced been twisted to make him glimpse bad.
In accordance to him, times after then Applicant Mills travelled to South Africa for treatment soon after his nomination in 2006, “he known as me one particular mid-early morning to say he could not go on and that he preferred to stage aside. I questioned him to hold out until he returns and I also sought to know if he experienced stated this to anyone. He was silent and did not response so I assumed that he may well have completed so. The next day or so, I invited the elders, some previous ministers and other seniors for a meeting during which I attempted to place throughout the affliction of the Professor without having currently being distinct.
“Towards the close of the assembly, I did having said that recommend that names of presidential hopefuls should be floated. The level is, the NDC occasion was searching visually and politically vulnerable whilst the NPP appeared like a get together with much more presidential potentials than it could tackle or have. These were my private observations. My following intervention was to question who came next at the final congress. I was not certain whether or not it was Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu or Dr Spio Garbrah. I did not know or feel that an endeavor to ensure that we ended up well prepared for any eventuality would cause an affront to his handlers.
“The adhering to working day or so, I spoke to Ato Ahwoi on the cell phone insisting that they ought to publicize names of presidential potentials and hopefuls amongst our people today and to involve their personal names – they the Ahwois. I later on realised that they have been making ready to receive Professor Mills with a substantial crowd at the airport, which was ok for morale. But as the days went by, the language took on an disagreeable tone generating the impact I was up to some sick motive. The Prof arrived and was debriefed, I listen to by his handlers and the assembly I was hoping and waiting for in no way took put. He was in the meantime remaining publicized in subsequent days executing a residence-to-dwelling campaign.
“In spite of the developments that took put, my spouse and I did not hesitate to marketing campaign vigorously toward the 2008 elections. After all I had backed Mills considering the fact that 1998 and was not heading to back down in the center of a essential election,” the former President concluded.
Previously, the delegation of chiefs led by Togbega Nyamekor Glakpe V, Paramount Main of Ave Dakpa Classic Region and President of the Ave Council of Chiefs counseled previous President Rawlings for his sensitivity, humility and reverence to chiefs and common leaders, stating that his eyesight led to the provision of electrical energy to most elements of the state by way of the Rural Electrification Task.
The chiefs explained they were being amazed to go through Kwamena Ahwoi’s derogatory statements about Rawlings’ leadership features and wondered how the writer could come up with such untruths.
Togbega Glakpe also referred to the nearby governing administration framework which empowered the masses as nicely as location an admirable file when he handed around ability when his party lost an election.
“As a pragmatist and an astute chief, Rawlings understands African politics and time to stop, if and when required, to maintain the achievements of the struggle versus injustice,” Togbega Glakpe said.
The chiefs wondered what the creator was accomplishing about his reserve considering that it experienced been explained by effectively-this means Ghanaians as missing reliability.
“In the mild of the above, we the Chiefs of Akatsi North District have occur out boldly to dissociate ourselves from Kwamena Ahwoi’s book because it lacks believability,” Togbega Glakpe said.
Users of the delegation comprised, Togbe Agboka Sowu IV, Chief of Ave Havi , Togbe Adogo Agbalekpor IV, Paramount Main of Ave Xevi Traditional Region, Togbe Hodzi Dunyo IV, Dufia of Ave-Atanve and 1st Vice-President of the Ave Council of Chiefs, Togbe Tamekloe XI, Dufia of Ave Dzogbekope/Ave Afiadenyigba and 2nd Vice President of the Ave Council of Chiefs, Togbe Nuku Morti VIII, Awafia of Ave Afiadenyigba , Togbe Galley Adelakpui III, Dufia of Avevi and Togbe Dugble V, Dufia of Ave Kpedome. The relaxation are, Togbe Gidinyakpo II, Awafia of Ave- Dakpa Traditional Space, Mama Yawor Aviakpui, Queen of Ave Havi , Mama Awutorkeve I, Queen of Ave Xevi Common Spot, Mama Korkor II, Queen of Ave Dakpa Conventional Spot, Mama Akeh III, Queen of Ave Dzalele Standard Location, Mama Nyawunu II Queen of Avevi, Mama Koshi Atsinoto I, Queen of Ave Afiadenyigba, Tsiami Atti Kuma of Ave Wukpe and linguist for the celebration, Tsiami Ayeyu Agbalenyo of Ave Kpedome and Mc-Solo Dziwornu-Ziddah, Normal Secretary of the Ave Council of Chiefs.
Amid groups that have demonstrated solidarity with the former President in the past couple months is the Progressive Intellectuals, an association of academics and intellectuals with users from the a variety of tertiary establishments in Ghana.
A delegation of the team which was led by Professor Martin Oteng Ababio, Head of the Division of Geography and Resource Administration, College of Ghana also visited the former President. The Progressive Intellectuals reassured former President Rawlings that there had been various teachers and intellectuals throughout the country that recognize with his values and principles and are well prepared to defend and boost his legacy.
Other associates of the delegation have been Dr Benedicta Yayra Fosu-Mensah, Lecturer in Environmental Science and Agriculture at the College of Ghana, Dr. Harry Agbanu, Senior Lecturer in the Division for the Research of Religions, College of Ghana and rapid past UTAG President. Dr. Yunus Dumbe, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religions, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technological innovation, Munkaila Abdulai, Lecturer in Strategy and Innovation, Department of Enterprise Administration, College of Skilled Research and Dr. Rashid Haruna, NDC Director of Investigation.
The Youth Wing of the NDC, represented by the Regional Youth Organisers from all sixteen regions have also lately named on the Founder of the get together to specific their solidarity.