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JJ Rawlings, a former president of Ghana and the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) passed out on the 12th of November, 2020 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Since his death, lovers across the globe have expressed their condolences to the family and the country at large.
As a usual ordeal and as a sign of showing last respect to one of the greatest leaders to ever have lived on the African soil, JJ Rawlings, a book of condolence needed to be signed by some dignitaries at the Accra International Conference Centre on Friday, November 13, 2020. Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, in an interview on the Eyewitness News on Citi mentioned that Mahama was prevented from signing Rawlings’ book of condolence.
According to him, they had visited the family of the deceased to offer their condolences. They met the maternal family of Rawlings from Anlo around as well as the nuclear family. They were led by the flagbearer of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama. In the Eyewitness News, he stated that when they arrived, they were informed that the book of condolences had been taken to the Conference Center so they should go there. The General Secretary added that by the time they got there, the state officials had put the International Conference Center under lock and the book taken away.
After a series of enquiries, they were informed by the state officials that they had been directed to prevent John Mahama from signing the book. Given this, the general Secretary coined the notion that Akufo-Addo is trying to hijack the funeral arrangements of the late JJ Rawlings. Asiedu Nketia further emphasized that the NDC has reserved a book of condolence for the late Rawlings at its national headquarters as well as all regional offices and branches across the length and breadth of the country.
Taking to the Citinewsroom’s Twitter handle, many Ghanaians highlighted their sentiments regarding the General Secretary’s comment. A Twitter account by the name barca4lyff2 alleged the reason why he believed the former president, John Mahama was not allowed to sign the book of condolence. He believed that the NDCs did not follow the required protocols. He said the flagbearer and his entourage got to the premise late and that was why the book was closed.
Torgbui Agboada II also had the notion that Akufo Addo prevented Mahama from signing Rawlings’ book of condolence. See what he said plus some other comments coming from some concerned natives;
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