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Let’s win this election to honour Chairman Rawlings – Asiedu Nketia

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  • "We think that President Jerry John Rawlings' legacy should be better honored by preaching his ideals of probity and honesty and ensuring the country is not ruled by corrupt people, nepotism, and those who live in their beds.
  • "And with his passing, we think that NDC's biggest love for our collapse founder is to struggle to ensure that the rescue mission is achieved on 7 December and that we are riding these people of corrupt and nepotism."

Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), requested members of his party to work harshly to win the December 7 elections to pay homage to Jerry John Rawlings, founder of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital who died on Thursday 12 November 2020.

Mr. Nketia said the late ex-President despised corruption but according to Mr. Nketia, unethical activities have been injecting into the present government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

In order to do this, he declared, the NDC would win the elections and “rid them from office.”

On Friday, 13 November, NDC journalists in Accra told him that “[Jerry John Rawlings] was the perfect way of remembering that he followed the ideals of the 4 June for which he lived and died.”

“We think that President Jerry John Rawlings’ legacy should be better honored by preaching his ideals of probity and honesty and ensuring the country is not ruled by corrupt people, nepotism, and those who live in their beds.

“And with his passing, we think that NDC’s biggest love for our collapse founder is to struggle to ensure that the rescue mission is achieved on 7 December and that we are riding these people of corrupt and nepotism.”

More than the dead, Mr. Nketia criticized the ruling NPP.

“It is curious to remember that we are vilified and offended at any celebration of 4 June, even the very latest, and we see people who did not grant President Rawlings his dignity and rights as former President of the Republic, and who tried to get away from his values through the break-up of 31 December as a house and 4 June a holiday.

“We won’t usurp the president’s right to honour the ex-president, we will not usurp the power of immediate family to mark their precious person’s life, we will not prohibit the Anlo family from honoring President Rawlings, but we should also respect our Founding Father or the party will not be worth the death.”

John Dramani Mahama, the presidential candidate of the NDC, said in a statement Today more than ever, we have a sacred responsibility, as President Rawlings has said, to defend and uphold the fourth-republic principles of stability, equality, integrity and transparency, human rights respect, freedom of the press and openness and inclusion. This honors the man who has given us the blessing of a free and democratic society.

“Tonight after my campaign in the Ashanti region was halted, I reached Accra to hear the death news of Jerry John Rawlings, our founder, and former president. On Friday I shall preside over an urgent meeting of the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Political Committee to discuss, amongst others, the further moves towards the membership of Ghana’s family, government, and citizens in honor of our former President.

“President Rawlings was President of the Transitional Armed Forces Council (AFRC) in 1981 and the first President of the Fourth Republic, becoming President of PNDC in 1981. He was the first Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDC).

“His fight for the values of social justice and probity and transparency has culminated in significant initiatives, including the end of Ghana’s coup. He is the pillar of our Fourth Republic, the longest prosperous and inclusive government in the history of our beloved nation, Ghana.

“Chairman Jerry John Rawlings isn’t with us anymore. It lost an icon in Ghana. Lordina and I are sending our heartfelt sympathy to the HE Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlets, the girls, the immediate family, the innumerable of his former colleagues, and the people of Ghana at this time of deep sorrow. Please accept our sincere sympathies for this tremendous loss.

“These days we have more than ever the holy mission of protecting and upholding President Rawlings’ 4th Republic principles – stability, equality, transparency and integrity, respect for human rights, freedom of the media, openness, and integration. This honors the man who has given us the blessing of a free and democratic society. We will give him the same passion and love he has to lead our people and his sacrifices to Ghana, Africa, and the world will never be forgotten.”

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