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General News of Saturday, 9 July 2011

Source: peacefmonline

NDC Delegates Jeer At Nana Konadu

Former First Lady and President Mills’ only challenger to his bid to lead the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for a second time, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, was virtually booed off-stage when she took her turn to address the delegates before voting commenced in the party’s primary to elect a flagbearer.

Speaking in a mixture of English and Twi amidst jeers and boos probably of disapproval, she reiterated her entry into the NDC flagbearer race which she explained was caused by party members crying out about the breakdown in party structures and the level of despondency that has hit the NDC.

She pointed out that "this has nothing to do with gender, but everything to do with commitment and dedication".

In a speech lasting a little over three minutes, perhaps because of the relatively muted response to her final appeal to delegates, as opposed to the loud cheers that greeted Prof Mills' declaration of his readiness to serve another term if given the chance, the former First Lady said she is here to bring the NDC back on track.

Nana Konadu who lost the right to exercise her franchise when she resigned as Vice Chairperson of the NDC on April 13, 2011, dared the delegates to “Be bold” and vote by their “conscience”.

“I thank and I know that your tongue will speak for you…Be bold because you believe in yourselves…Everybody should assess their living conditions and vote wisely…We must bring the NDC structures back on course. Be bold and let your thumbs vote your conscience” she challenged the delegates.