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Fight over Rawlings funeral: Asiedu Nketia accuses Akufo-Addo of trying to  hijack Rawlings’ funeral

Fight over Rawlings funeral: Asiedu Nketia accuses Akufo-Addo of trying to  hijack Rawlings’ funeral

Fight over Rawlings funeral: Asiedu Nketia accuses Akufo-Addo of trying to  hijack Rawlings’ funeral

Fight over Rawlings funeral: Asiedu Nketia accuses Akufo-Addo of trying to  hijack Rawlings’ funeral

General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has expressed displeasure in the manner the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is controlling the funeral processes of former president Jerry John Rawlings.

According to him, the president was exerting control over the funeral of the  founder of the party and in the process sidelining members of the NDC.

Speaking in a media interview in Accra today, Mr Asiedu Nketia expressed disappointment in President Akufo-Addo especially in the manner they drove away the NDC flagbearer from signing the state book of condolence.

He claimed that the conduct of President Akufo-Addo was completely different from how the NDC and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) had always engaged when any leading member of either party dies.

“We were sorely disappointed that the President of the Republic [Nana Akufo-Addo], even in issuing a statement of condolences, he refused or failed to recognise the fact that President Rawlings was the founder of the NDC.

It is against all the different practices we have been engaged in, in the past, as far as the death of prominent members of the two political parties are concerned,” Mr Asiedu Nketia said.

He indicated that the party did not want to just become invited guests to the funeral rite of its founder but wanted to have key role to play in the conduct of the funeral.

Proving his point, Mr Asiedu Nketia said  the failure of President Akufo-Addo to mention the NDC in his speech suggested his malice intent.

He however, accused government for giving instructions that ostensibly denied ex-President Mahama from signing Rawlings’ book of condolence at the Accra International Conference Centre, yesterday.

“The President has refused to recognise that the man belongs to NDC, and he is the founder of NDC.

Everything about this funeral so far depicts an attempt by an opponent to hijack the funeral of the founding father of our political party, and we don’t think the funeral of our party founder ought to be organised somewhere, and we get invited,” Asiedu Nketia added.

He further indicated that the NDC has opened a book of condolence for former President Rawlings at all regional offices and all branches of the party and urged all members to sign.

In celebrating the achievement of the late founder, Mr Asiedu Nketia directed the various branches of the party nationwide to organise events that would spell out the achievement to celebrate the life of Rawlings.

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“We have called on the immediate family to share condolences, and we are beginning to discuss the way forward.”

We have directed all branches of our party countrywide to organise a countrywide event that will give a fitting celebration of the life of our founder,” he added.

Mr Asiedu Nketia said although the party would participate in the national funeral rite but they would organise party-based funeral to appreciate Rawlings for founding the NDC party.

“We will participate [in the national funeral] but that will not stop us from organising our own thing,” he added.

Source: www.spotonnews.net

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