General News of Monday, 15 October 2012
A senior member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Afrifa Yamoah Ponko, has accused the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo of sending armed men to kill former President Rawlings in Kumasi four years ago.
According to Mr Yamoah Ponko, who is also the Municipal Chief Executive for Ejisu-Juaben in the Ashanti Region, he was personally present at the Golden Tulip Hotel when the armed men stormed the hotel in late 2008 and it took the intervention of persons close by to foil the plot.
He made the allegation on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem morning show of October 15, 2012 while contributing to discussions on the endorsement of former first lady Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings as flagbearer of the breakaway National Democratic Party at the weekend.
The former Ashanti region head of the National Health Insurance Scheme expressed surprise at the actions of former President Rawlings, particularly his recent meeting with the NPP flagbearer.
“I want to say it today for all Ghanaians to know: 2008 at the Golden Tulip formerly City Hotel Kumasi Nana Akufo-Addo and his people, armed men, came there looking for Jerry Rawlings to kill him. I was there, and it was only God who saved you (Rawlings)…
“I made a lot of noise about it before the 2008 elections. I believe if your time to die has not come, no one can kill you,” he declared.
He wondered what had suddenly come over Mr Rawlings, now consorting with the man who, together with former President Kufuor, ‘did not allow you and your wife to breathe freely’ during the NPP’s term of office, and but for the vigilance of NDC supporters and sympathizers, former president Kufuor and Nana Akufo-Addo would have jailed Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings in Ghana.
Nevertheless, the NDC had only grown stronger after the apparent defection of the Rawlingses, Mr Ponko said, and called on members of the party to close ranks and ensure President Mahama wins a one-touch victory with “53%” of the vote.
Also commenting, the Editor of the Al-Hajj newspaper, Alhaji bature Idrissu, has claimed that he saved former president Rawlings from being jailed about 6 years ago.
While declining to give details, a charged Bature insisted Mr Rawlings was not as clean as he would want the world to believe.
“You are not a saint, President Rawlings. You know it! I will not sit down for you to destroy the memory of President Mills...I want Rawlings to come out and say I did not save him from going to jail and I will bring out the details. There are living witnesses who can attest to this."