Mahama returns to campaigning a week after Rawlings’ death

Mahama returns to campaigning a week after Rawlings’ death

- The former president suspended his six days’ campaign tour in the Ashanti region following Rawlings’ death

- Mahama is expected to hit the campaign trail today as he bids to topple the government of President Akufo-Addo

- The NDC says it needs to win the December 7 elections to continue the late former president Rawlings’ anti-corruption fight

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The presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, resumes his campaign tour of the Ashanti region today, Friday, November 20, 2020.

The former president suspended his campaign tour of the region last Thursday, November 12, 2020 when news of the death of former president, Jerry John Rawlings, broke.

Rawlings died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where he was receiving treatment after a short illness at the age of 73.

Mahama returns to campaigning a week after Rawlings’ death
Mahama returns to campaigning a week after Rawlings’ death Source: Twitter|John Dramani Mahama
Source: Twitter

Mahama's campaign spokesperson, James Agyenim-Boateng, in a statement, said the flagbearer of the largest opposition party received a rousing welcome throughout the constituencies he visited he started his six days’ campaign of the region.

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“…Mahama’s campaign was subsequently given a further boost with an overwhelming outpour of support when he visited the local automotive hub at Suame Magazine to assure workers there that he will do everything to protect the jobs of auto mechanics, fitters, auto body works specialists, sprayers and car air condition repairers, spare parts dealers, among others,” the statement sighted by added.

The NDC has vowed to win the upcoming general elections slated for Monday, December 7, 2020, in honour of its late founder, Rawlings.

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The party says winning the general elections is crucial to the preservation of the principles of probity and accountability which Rawlings upheld firmly until his passing.

“The principles of Rawlings are good but they will be impotent if we are in opposition. So, the best tribute to President Rawlings is to be committed to the rescue mission,” the statement noted.

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Speaking at a vigil on Sunday, November 15, 2020, in remembrance of tRawlings, the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia said losing the general elections to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) will plunge the country into serious economic challenges.

In a related report, a leading member of the NDC, Stephen Atubiga, says Akufo-Addo should be blamed for what he termed the premature death of Rawlings.

According to him, Akufo-Addo could have offered a better heath alternative to Rawlings than looking on for him to be treated at Korle Bu.

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