- The late former president and the current president were on good terms until his death after years of show of public animosity towards each other
- He died barely a month to the elections
- He will be laid to rest today, Wednesday, January 27, 2020
Former President Rawlings backed President Nana Akufo-Addo to win the December 2020 general elections before his untimely demise, a close friend named Riad Hozaife, has disclosed.
According to Hozaife, as reported on Ghanaweb, Rawlings’ loathe the fact that former President, John Dramani Mahama, was leading the NDC into the elections.
“Jerry Rawlings supported Nana in the election,” Hozaife reportedly told Accra-based Asempa FM.
President Akufo-Addo went ahead to win the elections held barely a month after the death of Rawlings.
He defeated Mahama to secure another four-year term; collecting 51.302% of the votes cast against the latter’s 47.359%.
Rawlings died on November 12, 2020, whilst receiving treatment after a short illness at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
He was 73.
Meanwhile, the former National Women's Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the party Rawlings founded, jabbed his widow Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings over the state funeral.
While speaking in an interview on Adom FM and monitored by YEN.com.gh, Anita De Sosoo indicated that Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings left out the NDC and relatives of Rawlings from the funeral.
She went on to say that even the traditional rulers from the Volta Region had even been exempted from partaking in the funeral.
Away from Rawlings, NDC lawmakers on the Appointments Committee of Parliament say they will reject any nominee of President Akufo-Addo who has the penchant for shooting.
“That shouldn’t happen,” Bolgatanga East legislator, Dr. Dominic Ayine, stated on Good Evening Ghana on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, and monitored by YEN.com.gh.
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He said passing such individuals will send a bad message to the Ghanaian public regarding the Committee’s thoroughness in its scrutiny of nominees.
His comments were in reference to the incident involving Mavis Hawa Koomson who admitted to shooting at a voter registration centre.
She has been nominated as Ghana’s fisheries Minister-designate by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
The Deputy Minority Chief Whip, Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghansah, has also been speaking on the commitments of the opposition MPs on the Committee to thoroughly scrutinise the nominees of the president.
Reacting to heightening fears among party folks that their lawmakers are susceptible to inducements to shirk their responsibilities on the Committee, Cudjoe-Ghansah, was emphatic on the pledge made by members against being induced.
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