NDC holds vigil tomorrow in memory of the Founder, Rawlings
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is set to hold a special vigil in memory of the late former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings who died on Thursday at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
The vigil is scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, November 15 at the Obra Spot in circle, Accra from 5 pm to 12:00 midnight.
This was contained in a statement issued today in Accra and signed by the General Secretary of the party, Johnson Aseidu Nketia.
It stated that the party members felt shock after news broke on Thursday in the morning that the party has lost its founder during the moment they were campaigning for the December 7 elections.
“The NDC is in deep shock following the sudden demise of our founder Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, former President of the Republic of Ghana,” the statement said.
It described the founder as outspoken icon, who was patriot and devoted his life to help the country thread on developmental part.
“We honour the life of this bold, courageous, and outspoken icon who was driven by a deep love for his country and the downtrodden,” the statement added.
The party noted that plans were underway to fast track the funeral activities till the late Rawlings was buried.
In doing so, the party, according to the statement has opened books of condolences at the NDC National Headquarters, Regional Offices, and constituency offices.
“Party offices will also be dapped in red and black, and party flags will fly at half-mast during our period of mourning,” it added.
The Committee also directed that all regions, constituencies, and branches should organise appropriate funeral related activities at their various levels.
Sharing some fond memories of him the statement indicated that former president Rawlings led a simple life and left behind an heroic deeds, thus would celebrate him for his achievements.
“He lived a simple life and abhorred ostentation of any sort. It is therefore the intention of the Party to organise funeral related activities in line with his long-cherished ideals and the principles he stood for.”
“In pursuit of President Rawlings’ strong conviction of probity, accountability and transparency, the NDC will continue our fight to rid the country of corruption, nepotism, and cronyism. We will not take our eyes off the ball until our goal is achieved,” it said.
Read the full statement
Flt. Lt Jerry John Rawlings died on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital at the age of 73.
He left behind a wife who is also a flagbearer of National Democratic Party (NDP) and children.
Already, many African leaders and other personalities have sent in their tributes to mourn the former President.