Rawlings under pressure as calls for probe into June 4 comments emerge

Rawlings under pressure as calls for probe into June 4 comments emerge

- Former President Rawlings may have to provide further explanations into his June 4 speech

- A political marketing expert believes that portions of the comments need to be thoroughly investigated by state agencies and the Electoral Commission

Rawlings under pressure as calls for probe into June 4 comments emerge

Former president, Jerry John Rawlings

Former president, Jerry John Rawlings, may soon have to provide clarifications on comments he made during the celebration of the 38th anniversary of the June 4 revolution. According to him, some Nigerians were ready to provide financial assistance to the 2008 Atta Mills campaign, but refused because Victor Smith, then special aide to Rawlings, conducted himself in a manner that compelled the Nigerians to pull back.

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A political marketing expert of the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), Dr Kobby Mensah, has recommended that investigative bodies of the state, as well as the Electoral Commission should probe the comments made by the former president. This is line with the restriction on external funding of Ghanaian political parties.

During a speech delivered in the Upper West regional capital, Wa, ex-president Rawlings is reported to have stated that certain people of Nigerian nationality were ready fund the campaign of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), but held back largely because of Victor Smith.

Portions of his speech read “…then these Nigerians decided to help, so, they were dealing with my office, Mr Victor Smith.’”

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Rawlings under pressure as calls for probe into June 4 comments emerge

Dr. Kobby Mensah

To Dr Mensah, “… the Constitution makes it clear that the individual funding or contribution to the political party must be a citizen or can be an organisation, but the organisation also has to have 75 per cent ownership in terms of its capital by citizens, i.e. Ghanaians”

In the light of this, the former Head of State may be compelled to further elucidate his claims, as the likelihood of external interference could open the floodgates for extensive discussions into the issue.

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