The National Democratic Party has remained unperturbed by Former President Jerry John Rawlings’ failure to endorse President John Dramani Mahama who is the party’s flag bearer for the 2016 presidential election during the NDC Campaign launch held at the Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday. According to the Minister of Communications who spoke on behalf of the party over the issue, Rawlings’ endorsement is not necessary for Mahama to win in the upcoming elections.
Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Programme, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah clearly stated that, former president Rawlings has never endorsed Mahama in any of his political aspirations and that has never affected the outcome of the elections. He therefore concluded that Rawlings’ endorsement is never a prerequisite for Mahama’s victory in the elections.
Stressing the fact that Rawlings’ failure to endorse Mahama is not a new phenomenon, the Communications Minister recalled that prior to the 2012 elections, the NDC founder also failed to endorse Mahama’s candidature yet, he came out victorious.
He however said that, although JJ Rawlings has made it a habit to avoid recognizing Mahama’s candidature, the party still holds him in high esteem as their founder.
Former President Rawlings’ failure to endorse Mahama at the NDC Campaign launch has generated a lot of controversy among the populace. Considering the fact that he is the founder of the party, the unusually short speech which he gave at the event has left many wondering what has gone wrong. In the speech, Rawlings avoided mentioning Mahama’s name, not to talk of encouraging people to vote for him in the coming elections.
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) who are always on the look out for opportunities to fault the ruling NDC has described the occurrence as a vote of no confidence in the President.
However, Dr Boamah has dismissed such opinion as an out-of-proportion claim aimed at scoring cheap political points. He rather advised the NPP to concentrate on how to get themselves united before the arrival of the December polls.
Meanwhile, some other people sees the Rawlings’ endorsement brouhaha as no issue at all. For Dr Evans Aggrey-Darko, a political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, the Former President’s presence at the NDC campaign launch is a clear indication that he is in support of President Mahama. Adding that Jerry Rawlings endorsed Mahama silently, he insisted that his presence alone is enough endorsement for the second-time aspiring president.