WHY I CONTESTED MILLS – KONADU REVEALED

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Former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-
Rawlings has finally told the story about why
she decided to contest President John Evans
Atta Mills for the flagbearer position of the
National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2011
ahead of the 2012 polls.
Even though President Mills did not live to
contest the 2012 elections, Nana Konadu said
the late president had indicated that he was
going to do one term in office but on
assumption of office he changed his mind and
sought re-election.
Nana Konadu claimed she therefore jumped
into the ring and contested Prof Mills for the
NDC slot, but the late president, with
incumbency advantage, floored her.
It was arguably one of the bitterest political
contests in the country’s political history,
which pitched members of the same party
against themselves.
Speaking to DAILY GUIDE during a courtesy call
on her by leadership of the newly
reconstituted Friends of Nana Konadu
Agyeman-Rawlings (FONKAR) – a group
committed to championing her ideas and ideals
– Mrs Rawlings recalled that sometime in the
year 2008, the late President Mills, who was
then a candidate for the NDC, came to see her
at the office for her to get members of the
31st December Women’s Movement (DWM) – of
which she is the president – for the members
to campaign for him.
Decision
“He did tell me in the room, not alone, with
about 12 people there, that he knew he would
do one term of the presidency,” she revealed.
Even though, according to Mrs Rawlings, “He
gave his reasons why”, she failed to tell the
journalists the exact reason Professor Mills
gave for his decision to go for only one term.
This was in response to queries that she used
FONKAR as a conduit to launch her
presidential ambition in the year 2012 when
she decided to contest then President Mills for
the flagbearership position of the NDC.
That, she said, was because “at the time when I
was going for the contest, having discussed it
with my husband (former President Jerry John
Rawlings) and other people, it was really clear
that he (Mills) wasn’t gonna go.”
That was what informed her decision to go into
the contest since she knew Mills was not going
to seek re-election.
Surprise
She therefore seemed to have been taken by
surprise when Mills made a sudden U-turn.
But as to why Mills had changed his decision
not to go for a second term, she could not
tell, saying, “the rest is history for all of us to
learn from or maybe read about, which I’m
sure will be written.”
That notwithstanding, she hinted that “the
details of what happened before Sunyani will
be written and what actually happened in
Sunyani will be written. I don’t want to go back
to that era.”
The former first lady, who broke away from
the NDC and formed the National Democratic
Party (NDP) after the NDC Sunyani Congress,
asserted, “I just want you to know that FONKAR
came along as the wave was building up; so
they joined in the way and it picked up with
us. I had no control over them. I’m not a
child, I’ve been in the political frontline for a
long time; I’ve lived in a family where politics
was being played from Nkrumah’s time, even
before Nkrumah’s time. So I know the politics
of this country and what it should be like,
where it will take us.”
She therefore stressed the need for those who
do not know the antecedents of FONKAR “not
to mislead Ghanaians in any way; the truth
must always be said…but as for them doing it
before I took a decision or they pushed me
into a decision….is not true at all. The truth is
what I’ve told you; so this time, we are already
in the game.”
Mrs Rawlings is contesting the 2016 elections
under NDP as its flagbearer making her the
first woman to take a shot at the presidency.

source : Daily Guide

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