General News of 2014-02-24

Rawlingses break up?

There are very strong indications that Mr. and Mrs Jerry John Rawlings have fallen apart politically.

The indications are that Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings will continue to lead the National Democratic Party (NDP) she founded with her husband while Mr. Rawlings will play his official role as the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The first sign of a possible break up came when Mr. Rawlings publicly declared support for President John Dramani Mahama even as his wife continues criticizing the new government.

MR. Rawlings has urged Ghanaians to support the Mahama administration even as he insists that he is surrounded by incompetent and corrupt officials.

The signal that former President Rawlings sends out is that he intends to stay in the NDC and to play a key role.

On the other hand Mr. Josiah Aryeh, National Chairman of the NDC has announced that Nana Konadu will lead the NDP into the 2016 elections.

Significantly, leading members of the NDP have stopped referring to Mr. Rawlings as a co-founder of their party. They now say that the NDP was founded solely by Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings who undoubtedly would be the Party’s presidential candidate for 2016.

When the current President, Mahama, was chosen as the running mate for the late Professor John Evans Atta Mills, Nana Konadu expressed outrage at the choice.

Nana Konadu openly flirted with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the run-up to the 2012 elections.

Although Mr. Rawlings refused to campaign for President John Mahama in the last elections, soon after President Mahama won the elections, Mr. Rawlings started warming his way into the heat of his administration.