- Former president Jerry Rawlings has fired back at critics who say his acceptance of $2 million from the late Nigerian leader, Sanni Abacha, makes him corupt
- In a Facebook post, he said attempts to tar him with corruption would not wash
- Rawlings also condemned what he said were attempts to defame his wife with corruption allegations
Former president John Mahama has angrily condemned comments by some of his critics to the effect that the $2 million he received from former Nigerian head of state, General Sani Abacha, makes him corrupt.
Rawlings on the occasion of June 4 at Wa last week condemned what he said was the massive corruption that characterised the last National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration of John Mahama.
He said corruption within the party and the Mahama administration caused the defeat of the party in the 2016 election.
The remarks did not sit well with some members of the party, who fired back, saying that he did not have the moral right to talk about corruption.
They pointed to the $2 million Abacha money as evidence of his corruption.
But in two separate reactions on Facebook, Rawlings stated that attempts to link him to corruption would fail.
He said his critics were trying to tag him with corruption in order to justify their "corrupt and selfish" ways.
"Trying to tag Rawlings and his wife as corrupt in order to justify your dishonest and corrupt ways won’t wash. It did not work before and will never work," he said.
He also condemned the corruption allegations against his wife, Nana Konado, describing them as "persistent and manufactured lies".
Rawlings went on to fire back at those who say he has been too friendly with President Nana Akufo-Addo.
According to him, Nana has displayed more integrity than former presidents John Kufuor, John Mahama and John Atta Mills.
"Let's give truth a chance let's give truth a breathing space; let's clean up our blackened image. And as for Nana Addo, I couldn't give a damn if he was the son or cousin of the devil. He has displayed more materialistic integrity and much much more than all the three Johns put together," he said.
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