- The NDC Second Vice Chair openly asked Chairman Rawlings to forgive NDC executives
- Anita Desosoo requested ex-President Rawlings to help reunite the NDC ahead of 2020 election
A top ranking member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has appealed to former President Jerry John Rawlings to forgive executives of the NDC for any wrong doing.
According to the National Vice Chairperson of the NDC Anita Desosoo, some party executives may have steeped on the toes of Chairman Rawlings during the Mills-Mahama administration.
Addressing a number of party loyalists on Monday to mark the 39th anniversary of the June 4 uprising in Madina, Anita Desosoo who spotted kneeling before the cameras virtually begged Rawlings to let go whatever wrong over the years.
To her, the founder of the NDC is the father of the party and must be acknowledged as such.
“If you are a leader, be prepared to say I’m sorry. If you are a child, be prepared to say daddy I’m sorry. So I will take this opportunity on behalf of the party to kneel down before my dad [Rawlings]. Please forgive us. Let’s come together to build this country,” she pleaded.
Jerry Rawlings who was the country’s first democratically-elected president of the Fourth Republic refused to campaign for the NDC during the 2016 general elections.
Rawlings took the decision because he felt the current crop of NDC leaders had strayed from the party’s ideals which included transparency, probity and accountability.
But Anita Desosoo urged Rawlings to forgive his party folk and reunite the party ahead of the 2020 elections.
"Now to my father, I know [as] your children we have erred, and I also know that you are a human being. You have also done something that may not be right. And I was so happy when you brought out a statement rendering an apology. You are a hero. This shows that what you have thought me is still within me,” a Citinewsroom.com report quoted.
Meanwhile, speaking on Eyewitness News on Monday, Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Koku Anyidoho said Anita did no wrong by offering an apology to the party’s founder.
Flt Lt Rawlings led a group of junior officers and men of the Ghana Armed Forces in an uprising against the then Supreme Military Council (SMC II) regime led by General F.K. Akuffo.
The move was said to have been motivated by a desire to stem the scourge of corruption that had engulfed the country at all levels leading to a virtual breakdown of the economy.
Three months later the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) led by Rawlings handed over power to an elected government.
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