General News of Monday, 3 December 2012

Source: Adomonline

Nana Konadu set to swerve John Mahama

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings will tomorrow December 4 announce which of the eight presidential candidates will get her and her party’s endorsement for the December 7 Presidential poll from which she was disqualified.

Ahead of the endorsement, she has given an indication that President Mahama and the NDC should not expect her support.

Speaking on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem morning show four days before the epic election, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings said it was time Ghanaians voted out a government which turns a blind eye on corruption and is using any means possible to stay in office.

Mrs Rawlings, who was speaking from Enchi in the Western region while campaigning for the NDP’s 155 parliamentary candidates, expressed disgust at what she said were attempts by the ruling party to confuse and entice her candidates with promises of gargantuan riches.

She alleged that these attempts were most prevalent in the Volta and Greater Accra regions.

‘They are doing that in Volta region. In Greater Accra they called 7 of the parliamentary candidates, all of Islamic background, and told them I was negotiating with them for a huge sum of money. I am not negotiating with anybody. Why would I do that?

‘If they (NDC) believe they will win one touch, why all this harassment and trying to induce NDP candidates?’

Mrs Rawlings described as “completely unfounded, total lies” rumours that she is negotiating with the leaders of the NDC for a pay-off, as well as rumours that the NDP was being funded by the opposition NPP.

‘If NPP was bankrolling us, there wouldn’t have been the need to campaign,’ she posited, adding ‘Our adverts would run regularly and be paid for immediately.’

She dismissed claims by Dr Kwesi Offei Agyemang, a former spokesperson of the NDP that he owned the intellectual property rights of the NDP campaign song, saying Dr Agyemang only translated words given to him by the other executives.

‘The tune is a Methodist one, he translated the words we gave him in English into Twi, so he cannot claim it is his intellectual property. This is laughable.’

Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings said the NDP was ‘determined to bring back decency and decorum in governance, whether in Parliament or the executive. The way forward is to get as many people into parliament as possible to influence policy. We should put people above politics.

‘After 2013 poll, we will structure the party and compete effectively in upcoming elections. For the 2012 elections, the party with integrity should be voted for,’ she added.