Rawlings’ birthday is on the 22nd day of June 1947…
Former President and founder of National Democratic Congress (NDC) Jerry John marks his 70th milestone today. Rawlings’ birthday now makes him the second former president to become a septuagenarian. The first ever former president to have hit 70 and above is John Kufuor of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
As part of activities to mark Rawlings’ birthday celebration, a public symposium on the environment will take place at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences Auditorium on June 22, 2017.
Goodwill messages have been pouring in in honor of the revolutionary leader. Rawlings’ exceptional leadership skills in the promotion of justice and accountability in governance, have attracted lots of praises, respect and honour towards the elite.
Rawlings’ daughter Zanetor has expressed her admiration for her father, former President Jerry John Rawlings who turns 70 today. Zanetor who is the eldest daughter of the 1st President under the 4th Republic, took to Facebook to appreciate her father for his exceptional qualities and achievements.
Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings won the Korle Klottey parliamentary primaries of the NDC after garnering 2,403 votes to beat the incumbent Member of Parliament, Nii Armah Ashitey.
Hiplife and Afro-pop singer Mzbel has sent well wishes to the former President. The artist took to her Instagram account on June 22, asking for God’s blessing wisdom, protection and long life for Mr. Rawlings.
You are going to need the lungs of Hercules to blow the candles on the cake I’m sending to u this morning. May today be filled with love, understanding, and contentment as you journey through life. Happy birthday best friend, I love u. 🎂🍷
Jerry John Rawlings
JJ Rawlings was born in Accra in 1947, to Madam Victoria Agbotui, a native of Dzelukope in the Volta Region and James Ramsey John, a Scotish chemist. He attended Achimota School before enrolling in the Ghana Armed Forces qualifying as a Pilot Officer in 1969.
JJ Rawlings was born this day in Accra to Victoria Agbotui and James Ramsey John, a chemist from the United Kingdom. The 70-year-old initially came to power as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force following a coup d’état in 1979.
After he had initially handed power over to the civilian government of the late Hilla Limann, he took back control of the country on 31 December 1981 as the chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).
Rawlings resigned in 1992 when he was 45, from the Armed Forces; founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first President of the Fourth Republic. He legalized political parties and organized presidential and parliamentary elections in response to demands for a more democratic process concerning the governance of the country.
He was re-elected in 1996 for an additional four years. In 2000, he endorsed his Vice-President, Professor John Atta Mills, as the party’s presidential candidate in 2000, since he was barred by the constitution from contesting a third time.
Rawlings has stuck with the NDC through thick and thin despite the seeming feud between him and his party. The NDC founder has raised concerns over the possible defeat of the party during the 2016 elections, a development he likened to matters of corruption and lack of accountability.