As some of the people named in Kwamena Ahwoi’s ‘Working with Rawlings’ book continue dissociating themselves from the contents attributed to them, pressure is now mounting on the leaders of the NDC to state their position on the issue.
Last week, a group affiliated to the party, Volta Youth Network, called on the party’s flagbearer to state his position on the matter.
“While we commend Uncle Dan Abodakpi for standing up for the truth, we ask if our presidential candidate and running mate, Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman, support such a reckless enterprise against the founder of the NDC” the group said in a statement.
The latest pressure is coming from a staunch activist of the party, Dela Coffie, who appears to consider party’s silence as an endorsement of the contents of the controversial book.
“It’s been a few days since the launch of Kwamena Ahwoi’s so-called tell-all memoir- ‘Working with Rawlings’ – a literature meant to demonise and slander the NDC founder, but the party has still not found it prudent enough to speak on the matter.
“The question on the lips of many of us is, does the NDC as a political movement endorse and agree with the work put together by Kwamena Ahwoi and edited by the party’s presidential running mate-Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman?” he asks in an article.
“What the heck is the NDC waiting for to have its say on this hot mess? Does it make the NDC happy to keep on bashing its founder? The founder has been magnanimous lately with his views on the direction of the party and one would have thought the NDC will reciprocate the gesture, but here we are at our vicious best.
“To the extent that it bothers on party cohesion, the party leadership must come out clearly to tell the world if they endorse this divisive literature. Chairman Ofosu Ampofo, where lies the NDC’s allegiance – to the founder or the profiteers? he queries.
Already, former Communications Minister Dr Edward Omane Boamah, former Deputy Communications Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu and former Deputy Education Minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa have described the contents of the book attributed to them as false.
Professor Ahwoi says in his book that he recruited and trained these “babies with sharp teeth” to suppress Mr Rawlings and stop him from attacking the late President Mills.
The Volta Regional Chairman of Council of Elders of the party, Dan Abodakpi, has also describe the book as “perilous, ill-timed submission” with several instances of “factually wrong and dangerous aberration likely to create tensions in and out”, with the objective to “destroy President Rawlings’ political legacy”.
Meanwhile, former President Rawlings has described the author of the book and others who are linked to its publication as people with “callous agenda of bile” who are “desperately seeking control of the NDC party”.
Meanwhile, information reaching the Daily Statesman suggests that the release of the controversial book, barely four months to the December general election, was strategically targeted to sabotage the campaign of the NDC presidential candidate, former President John Dramani Mahama.
The Ahwoi brothers are said to be angry with Mr Mahama for not going with their choice of running mate, and rather opting for Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman, who incidentally edited the book which is triggering implosion in the opposition party.
Source: Daily Statesman