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General News of Wednesday, 29 November 2000

Source: Joy Online

Rawlings should leave Mills to do own campaign - Ms Busia

Ms Ama Busia, First National Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has called on President Jerry Rawlings to step aside for the Vice President, Professor John Atta Mills to do his own campaign.

"Who is the National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate, is it Mills or Rawlings?" she asked. "If it is Mills, then, Rawlings should sit down for him to fight his own battle".

Ms Busia was addressing NPP rally at Berekum. She noted that in the United States, President Bill Clinton was not so much involved in the campaign of his Vice President and the Democratic Party Presidential candidate Al-Gore.

Ms Busia said she could not fathom any reason why President Rawlings has had to campaign so vigorously for Prof. Mills. She said if the President thinks Prof. Mills cannot campaign on his own to win political power, why does he have to believe that the Vice President can rule the country.

She said although President Rawlings belongs to the NDC, as the father of the nation he should seek the goodwill of all the candidates.

Ms Busia rejected the Vice President's call on Ghanaians to return the NDC to power for continuity, saying the country is not in the mood to continue in poverty, hunger unemployment and the cash and carry system. She asked Ghanaians to give their mandate to the NPP for a positive change in their lives.