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General News of Monday, 4 February 2008

Source: GNA

Rawlings reacts to insinuations

Accra, Feb. 4, GNA - Former President Jerry John Rawlings on Monday urged all members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to pursue the interests of the party in an atmosphere of unity and strength that would make the party to be victorious in the December elections.

Reacting to insinuations and media reports that he and his wife were behind the health publications of the party's Presidential Candidate, Professor John Evans Atta Mills and the "Bring Mills Down" campaign, Former President Rawlings described the situation as very disturbing, especially, when Prof. Mills has, on two occasions come out to state that he is well and was undergoing routine medical check ups. He said, "more disturbing is the extremely disgraceful publication on the worldwide web that the NDC Presidential candidate had given up the ghost in South Africa."

President Rawlings said he had at all times maintained close contact with Prof Mills and was aware of Prof. Mills' condition and his ability to help rid the country of the opportunists who were convinced that they now owned Ghana.

President Rawlings said he believed that every member of the NDC still has the right to open discourse and to raise concerns even about the health of the party leader when need be, but that ought to be done with utmost circumspect and decorum.

He said Ghana was at the precipice of a political disaster because of the mismanagement of every aspect of the county's social fabric by the New Patriotic Party led by President J.A. Kufuor and which now has Nana Akufo Addo as its Presidential candidate.

"Having recognized how formidable the opposition has become because of the gross disenchantment of Ghanaians and recognizing the fact that a clean campaign will lead to an embarrassing loss in December the NPP supported by sections of the media who lack ethics and balance in their reportage have resorted to mudslinging and below-the-belt tactics to win the election".

President Rawlings cautioned that, "the NDC as a party had to be very wary of those devious machinations and rather present a united front to disabuse the populace of desperate antics."

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