- Former president Rawlings has denied the fact that he is helping to form a new political party
- According to him, such reports should be treated with contempt
- He added that this is not the first time people have started such rumours
Former president Jerry John Rawlings has dismissed reports that he is behind the formation of a breakaway party from the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
According to a report by 3news.com, Rawlings called on the public to treat the rumour with the “utmost disregard and contempt.”
In a statement released from his office on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, he said that the false reports were crafted by some people within the party.
In his opinion, those people desire to manipulate the minds of party faithfuls and cause them to perceive him as the enemy.
“This is not the first time they have attempted this kind of political trickery and falsehood. In the run up to the 2016 elections, the same devious elements planted such fabrications in the media,” he explained.
Rawlings went on to say that such people have learnt nothing from the party’s loss in the 2016 elections but “have sharpened their arsenal for yet more fairy tales.
Though recently contested in some quarters within the NDC, Rawlings is widely considered the founder of the party.
This has however been disputed by some leading members of the party, as it has been argued that others helped him start it.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that a former NDC chairman, Obed Asamoah, raised objections about the status of Rawlings as NDC’s founder.
Alhaji Saani, a founding member of the party also raised similar arguments, and added that other people helped form the party.
His wife, Nana Konadu, who was instrumental in founding the NDC, however broke away to found the National Democratic Party (NDP) in the run-up to the 2012 polls.
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