The New Democratic Party (NDP) has debunked rumours that its flagbearer Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings has withdrawn from the Decenber 7, 2020 presidential election.
Addressing the media at 2pm today in a press conference held at Alisa Hotel in Greater Accra., the general secretary of the NDP, Alhaji Mohammed Frimpong described the rumours as wishful thinking by speculators with the aim of diverting the Party’s attention. Adding that the NDP has not communicated any decision to withdraw from the race to the Electoral Commission as was being speculated.
He said the party’s presidential candidate, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, has had to take a back stage in view of her bereavement and would, therefore, not be with the campaign team.
“Our teams are criss-crossing the country to motivate all our parliamentary candidates,” he stated.
As to whether the absence of the presidential candidate on the campaign would not affect the party’s fortunes, he said, “not at all. Our presidential candidate will not need physical presence anywhere to be known, given the unfortunate event.”
He said the party was upbeat about the elections due to its strategies and direction “in fulfilment of the social testament of late Papa J”.
On The Late President J.J. Rawlings Death;
The National Democratic Party in a press conference accused Mahama and the NDC of conducting themselves in a manner that seeks to rob the late President of a befitting State burial.
According to Alhaji Frimpong, the General Secretary of the NDP, the Mahama-led NDC marshalled all forces within the party to hurt Jerry Rawlings and kill his soul when he was alive.
He, however, found it strange that the NDC, in the aftermath of Rawlings’s death would attempt to square off with government and the Rawlings family over who has the right to conduct his funeral rites all in an attempt to score cheap political points ahead of the December 7 general elections.
He said, “ The most unfortunate aspect of this development is that in an attempt to unduly benefit from his demise, the leadership of the NDC are embroiled in a desperate battle against the State and the Rawlings family over who has the right to conduct the funeral rites of the late President. He argued further that, “What they do not know or perhaps have deliberately overlooked is the fact that they are robbing the late President of a befitting send-off. Or maybe that is what they want. They desperately want to reduce his send-off from a befitting state burial to a party funeral just so they can benefit politically.”
Mr. Frimpong also stated that the NDC’s petty fight over book of condolence which compelled them to use a reception logbook as a book of condolence at the party office is yet again, a demonstration of their contempt for the late president. He said, “And now, the NDC which was fighting over a Book of Condolence ended up restating their contempt for President Rawlings by using a reception logbook as a book of condolence at their party office.