How Seth Ofori-Ohene predicted power struggle between the Ahwois and Rawlings 10 years ago

Rawlings Ahwoi Professor Kwamena Ahwoi 's latest book has ruffled a few people in the wrong way

Tue, 18 Aug 2020 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

It would appear that the squabble between Professor Kwamena Ahwoi and his brothers on one side and former President Rawlings didn’t begin today.

Prof Ahwoi who was a minister during president Rawlings’ tenure as head of state recently released a book titled “Working with Rawlings’, in which he details certain eventful moments during the reign of Mr Rawlings.

That book and its description and narrative of the former President hasn’t gone down well with party faithful who believe it has the potential of dividing the party’s front with barley four mounts to a general election.

While the fallouts of the Ahwoi book is the current talk of the town, this publication by ghanamma.com details the genesis of the fraction between the Ahwois and ex-president Rawlings.

Below is the original story published by ghanamma.com on November 11, 2010

A former Communications Director of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) says the constant petty squabbling and internal wrangling within the party is borne out of the quest for political control of the NDC between two factions; the Rawlingses and the Ahwois, with the Ahwois edging past the former First Family.

Seth Ofori-Ohene claims the Ahwois are getting too powerful in the NDC which is causing disaffection and straining relations between the two factions within the party.

Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana show, Mr. Ofori-Ohene simplified the cause of the brouhaha as a result of leadership disconnection between the presidency and the grassroots.

“The whole issue with the NDC is a matter of political control and power as far as the party is concerned and the government…. I have grown to appreciate that within the NDC are different groups. Clearly as we speak, we have a distinct group in the NDC battling for control, that is the Rawlings group and the Ahwoi group,” he said.

According to him, people have legitimate concerns in the party but because they do not express it through the right channel, it leads to exchanges. He was of the view that the two factions are not only hindering the progress of the party, but the development of the country as well, since the government is unable to set agenda for public discourse.

“For the past six months or more, public discourse has taken a different twist because the government is not able to set the agenda for discussion. Instead of the public discussing the good works of the NDC, they are rather discussing the problems in the party,” he bemoaned.

The former NDC Communications Director now a Political Strategist called on President Mills to critically analyze events and not take an impassioned view on the happenings within the NDC government and the sudden frosty relationship with his mentor.

“President Mills should sit down silently and ask himself why the former President Rawlings has suddenly moved against him. He must take a second look at things then he will realize where he has gone wrong or his faction has gone wrong against the former president…I think the two factions must also sit down and as a matter of urgency allow the Conflict Resolution Committee of the party and the Council of Elders to handle this difficulty that we are going through. The lieutenants or supporters of the two factions are going too far and their choice of words are unacceptable…using certain words for the president is completely unacceptable. Having accepted that there are two factions in the party, let us deal with it in a more civilized way,” he added.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com