Former President Jerry John Rawlings has said in a statement that the 35th anniversary of the 31st December revolution was not an avenue to promote anyone's presidential ambitions.
Soon after the 31st December celebrations popular broadcaster, Mr. Paul Adom-Otchere, said that the entire event had been used as a means to reanimate the presidential ambitions of Mr. Goosie Tanoh, a former member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“This is the re-launch of Goosie Tanoh’s presidential ambition; that’s what truly happened,” said the broadcaster.
Mr. Adom-Ochere's comments came after Mr. Goosie Tanoh's galvanizing address that marked his surprise re-entry into the political scene at the 35th anniversary of the 31st December Revolution.
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In an attempt to further elaborate his opinion, Mr. Ado-Ochere said Mr. Goosie had received the proper grooming for the presidential office from within the PNDC and NDC movements for awhile. That it was the appearance of the late President Mills - and subsequently President Mahama - in the picture that delayed his political ambitions.
“Goosie Tanoh has been primed for the presidency within the workings of the cadre movement of the PNDC and NDC for a long time. The Professor Mills interruption and interference is what got Goosie off the path of inheriting the Rawlings political platform, and out of the Professor Mills interruption, President Mahama also emerged.
And, so, Goosie had always been on the sidelines. In fact he returned in 2008 to help Professor Mills win, but has really been on the sidelines and I get the sense that he had been looking for the opportunity because he, all the time, had carried this narrative of probity and accountability and had become the hero of the cadres who actually built PNDC and NDC and the so called time tested values they have been talking about. So what I take out now really is that this certainly is a re-launch of Goosie Tanoh’s political and presidential ambition.”
In a statement, former President Rawlings, through his office, has stated that he "wishes to inform the general public that the 35th anniversary event held at the Revolution Square last Saturday was not an avenue to promote any individual’s political ambition or agenda. The head of the anniversary planning committee for the June 4 and 31st December events has since been asked to step down. A new head will be announced after consultations with cadres and other planning committee members.”
Mr. Tanoh, a founding member of the NDC, broke away from the party in 1996 following President Rawlings's decision to choose the late President John Evans Atta Mills as his running mate over Mr. Goosie, who many had been highly tipped for the position by many.