- Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has distanced the NDC from the open apology rendered Rawlings by the party's National Vice Chairperson
- Mr. Nketiah said Anita Desoso did not act on the NDC's behalf
- Madam Desoso on June 4, went on her knees before Mr Rawlings to ask for forgiveness for certain comments made about him by party members
General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asideu Nketia, says the party has done nothing wrong to founder Jerry John Rawlings and therefore have no need to render any apology to him.
According to him, an apology rendered to the former president by the NDC’s National Vice Chairperson Anita Desoso is not fully representative of the party’s position.
Mr. Nketia was reacting to a public apology rendered to Rawlings by Madam Desoso during the June 4th commemorative event at Madina in Accra.
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Madam Desoso went her keens to plead with Rawlings, asking him to forgive all party officials who had intentionally or unintentionally wronged him.
“Now to my father – founder (Rawlings), I know your children we've erred, and I also know that you're a human being and you have also done something; maybe it is not right and I was so happy when I heard you say that, when you brought that statement out rendering an apology – you are a hero. You are a hero,” the NDC National Vice Chairperson pleaded.
"This shows that what you have taught me is still within me. If you are a leader, be prepared to say that I'm sorry. If you're a child, be prepared to say that daddy I’m sorry. So, I'll take this opportunity on behalf of the party to kneel down before my dad – please forgive us. Let us come together to build this country.”
However, Asideu Nketia has distanced the NDC from the apology rendered by Madam Desoso.
According to him, the decision to apologise to Rawlings was made personally by Madam Desoso’s and does not represent the NDC’s position.
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"I am talking to you Chief Executive of the party and the person who keeps the records of decisions of the party. I am telling you that we never at any point, discussed the possibility or anything about approaching founder (Mr Rawlings) and apologising for anything," Mr. Nketia is quoted as saying by the Graphic Online.
He explained that the party hierarchy invited Madam Desoso to ascertain what wrong the party had done to Rawlings to warrant an apology but should could not explain herself.
"As we speak now, nobody knows the offence for which Anita was apologising, and she did it and after she said it, we brought her to a meeting trying to find out what offence she was referring to, she couldn't answer. So we considered it to be her personal issue with the founder,” Mr. Nketia added.
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