Historic: Rawlings delivers shortest message ever at NDC Congress
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has delivered what can be said to be his shortest message ever at any of his party’s gatherings.
Known for his many antics during such gatherings, Rawlings was expected to deliver a very long, usually unscripted, message to party faithful who were equally expectant.
But what the former president did was to deliver a message that was short of his own standards set in the past.
He started his message by asking party members if it was possible to “get back to the old days”, a message the delegates responded to in the affirmative.
The united response of “yieeeeee” to his question then drew the comment “I hope so” from the former leader before he went on to deliver the short and uncharacteristic message to the cheering crowd.
“The old days can only happen when we cultivate the habit of listening to ourselves; let’s listen to ourselves, let’s listen to our,” the former leader advised before thanking the delegates and then exiting the podium.
Some 15,000 people, made up of 9,350 delegates and 5,650 observers, are gathered at the Fantasy Dome of the International Trade Fair Centre in Accra for the NDC’s national delegates congress.
This year’s congress is the 9th National Annual Congress of the party.
A record number of 65 aspirants, consisting of 59 males and six females are vying for various national executive positions of the party.