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Ghana Fortunate To Have Akufo-Addo As President- Rawlings


Ex-President and founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Jerry John Rawlings has over the years been noted for the tendency to criticise all presidents Ghana has had.

But, surprisingly to many political analysts, Mr. Rawlings has barely criticised President Akufo-Addo, despite their history of rivalry.

Since president Akufo-Addo took office, Mr. Rawlings has on countless occasions, poured praises on him.

So, for those waiting for him to make a derogatory statement against the sitting President, Nana Akufo-Addo, they may have to wait a life time.

Speaking at a recent, Mr. Rawlings said his fondness for the president is due to “certain principles and values.”

He said: “We are very fortunate that somebody like Nana Akufo-Addo has emerged over here. People think I like that man to high heavens, no, but I respect him for certain principles and values.”

Touching on the fight against corruption, the ex-president said he hopes president Akufo-Addo will do more despite the establishment of the Special Prosecutor’s Office and the appointment of former attorney general Martin Amidu as Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor.

“I will continue to pray and I sincerely hope that he stay on the track and he will devote, possibly 30 percent of his time…70 percent for the development programmes, projects etc, but at least 25-30 percent to fight corruption and corruptible tendencies,” Mr. Rawlings added.

It is anticipated that the recent statement of the ex-president will attract the disapproval of the many rank and file of the opposition NDC.

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