Nana Konadu says ‘No’ to NDC

Former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings has categorically stated that she is not returning to the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) despite a plea made by her husband and the party’s founder, Jerry John Rawlings, to delegates at the just-ended congress to get her back.

In an exclusive interview with TV3’s Nana Aba Anamoah on Monday, December 22, the former NDC Vice Chairperson said her love and convictions that went into establishing the ‘umbrella’ party have since waned.

“The conviction I had in going to some other place is still there and still relevant,” she stated.

Former President Rawlings urged NDC’s rank and file on Saturday when he mounted the podium to get “our mother” back .

“Let us invite our mother Nana Konadu to come back home,” he said. “I hope she can hear us, I hope she can see us.”

But Nana Konadu revealed to Nana Aba Anamoah that she was even not by her television nor radio set when the request was made by her husband.

“I had been busy the whole day. I had not heard,” she said, adding that Mr Rawlings “knows better” about her decision not to return though his appeal may have emanated from “a good heart”.

The Former First Lady was instrumental in the establishment of the NDC in 1992 but left in the run-up to the 2012 elections to found the National Democratic Party (NDP). She had been defeated by the late President Professor John Evans Atta Mills in an unprecedented presidential primary, which saw an incumbent president challenged within his party.

“I worked to build [NDC],” she pointed out.

“But even when you build a house, you build the house because you want to live in it…and you find that robbers have taken over your house and the house has been desecrated in some way and you have the chance to move to a smaller house somewhere, if you are not staying there, then that’s your problem,” she analogized.

Corruption in NDC?

Asked whether the NDC has been infested with corruption as asserted by Mr Rawlings at the weekend’s congress, Mrs Rawlings said she agrees with her husband.

“It is too much.”

She further insinuated that President John Dramani Mahama has lost the fight against corruption as he cannot set an example.

“Let’s live by examples.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana


Rawlings calls for return of wife Nana Konadu to NDC

Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Jerry John Rawlings has persuaded the rank and file of the ruling party to encourage his wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings, to return to the party.

Mrs Rawlings left the NDC in the run-up to the 2012 elections to found the National Democratic Party (NDP).

She had contested then leader, the late Professor John Evans Atta Mills, ahead of the elections but lost in a humiliating defeat.

Addressing delegates at the 8th National Congress of the NDC, Mr Rawlings, a two-time presidential candidate of the party, said: “Let us invite our mother Nana Konadu to come back home”.

The Former First Lady, who was disqualified by the Electoral Commission to contest the 2012 elections, has not been seen at any of NDC’s rallies since leaving in 2012.

“I hope she can hear us, I hope she can see us,” Mr Rawlings said but wondered: “Can you blame her?”

The NDC is electing its national executives for the next four years in Kumasi.

Reports say those who supported the former first lady – in the Friends of Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings (FONKAR) – stand a better chance of being elected into executive positions.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana