NDC suspends nationwide campaign tour following the death of Rawlings
The Presidential Candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has suspended his campaign following the death of former Jerry John Rawlings.
He was on a six-day campaign tour of the Ashanti Region and suspended his tour with immediate effect.
The former President announced the suspension of his campaign at Obuasi on Thursday afternoon, moments after news of the death of former President Rawlings was made public.
He explained that after receiving message of the sudden demise of the founder of the party, he contacted the campaign manager to seek way forward in order to return to Accra to mourn with the family.
Former President Mahama described the one-time military leader and two-time President of the the Republic as an “iconic leader” and for that matter the NDC needed time and concentration to mourn his passing and celebrate his legacies.
He said at Obuasi where he was just about to address a rally that the decision to suspend the campaign was taken after a consultation with the National Executives of the party.
Mr Mahama indicated that the suspension would impact other campaign activities being undertaken by the party at all levels nationwide.
“What has happened makes it impossible for us to continue with the campaign so we will return to Accra immediately and return at a later date.”
“What we are hearing is indeed sad but we must remain strong,” he added.
The former President Jerry John Rawlings passed away today at the the Korle By Teaching Hospital.
Some reports had attributed his death to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) but some close relations also stated that his death was caused by the death of his mother, the late Victoria Agbotui.
They said after the death of his mother he could not get hold of the shock and refused to eat.
This, they claimed triggered his short ailment that led to his death.