Former President Jerry John Rawlings

Former President John Mahama has said he will soon deal with former Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Prof Kwamena Ahwoi, who, recently made a number of revelations in his new book ‘Working with Rawlings’.

Among other things, Prof Ahwoi said President John Evans Atta Mills almost resigned as a result of some comments Mr Rawlings made about him in Tamale.

Also, the book claims Mr Rawlings squeezed the testicles of Mr Bede Ziedeng, one of the party’s stalwarts during an encounter.

In a statement, Mr Rawlings said inasmuch as “I find it tiring and tedious to be engaging in self-defence when I have given my all, all these years, I will soon deal with the callous agenda of bile by the likes of Kwamena Ahwoi, who are desperately seeking control of the NDC party”.

He said the “NDC could, should and has survived on the authority of the word but if care is not taken, it will collapse and drown as has been happening, on the word of those in authority”.

Meanwhile, former Keta MP Dan Abodakpi, has described the book, launched by Prof Ahwoi on Thursday, 30 July 2020, as “treacherous” and “slanderous”.

Mr Abodakpi, who is the Chairman of the Volta Regional Council of Elders for the NDC, said in a statement that: “I have read some excerpts of the book and I am convinced that this is a perilous, ill-timed submission at this point in our party’s history”.

“It is, in fact, in several instances, a factually wrong and dangerous aberration likely to create tensions in and out. Is the objective of this enterprise to destroy President Rawlings’ political legacy? If so, then I can tell my brother and my friend that he is simply wasting his time”, he asserted.

Again, he noted, “I question the motive of the author in twisting the facts to denigrate the person of the founder of a party he claims to love”.

“President Jerry John Rawlings may not be a ‘plaster Saint’ but he certainly does not deserve this from people like Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi, who, quite frankly, were gifted the privilege to participate in building on the foundations of sacrifice established by the founder. I state for the records that I distance myself from any and all references made to me in this book”, Mr Abodakpi said.

He said Prof. Awhoi and “those supporting this slanderous and treacherous book are served notice that any attempt to misrepresent the facts behind the true story of the Revolution and the NDC party to our people, will be fiercely resisted”.

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