Former President Jerry John Rawlings left many National Democratic Congress (NDC) supporters laughing at the Cape Coast stadium when he revealed that First Lady Lordina Mahama urged him not to “boom” when delivering his speech.
“While the cameras were off us, the First Lady moved closer and said she hopes I will not make boom speeches today. I laughed and asked her if that was her reason for sitting close to me”, he said.
The former president has a reputation for giving what has been described as “boom” speeches, something that began during his days as a revolutionary.
Continuing with his speech, he admonished NDC supporters not to underestimate the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) ahead of the December polls.
That, Mr Rawlings said, was necessary to ensure that the NDC did not lose the election.
“The NPP cannot be underestimated, they have been in existence for a long time and they have been changing their name to this point, the nature of who they are, what they are and where they come from is something they are happy about and if they will be there for a long time.
“The calculation I want to put before u is that by virtue of who they are will necessarily give rise of what you and I are in the NDC, we cannot afford to fight them on their terms it is important to fight them on our terms…let’s not us mimic their behavior… mimic them as some of you are doing and we will lose the elections,” he said.