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Media prophecy on Nana Konadu for president come true?

By Gordon Asare-Bediako/New Crusading Guide/ www.myjo


Political analysts predicted, prophets prophesied, media practitioners speculated and run commentaries over a decade ago that the then sitting First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings was nursing ambitions to become the first woman President of the Republic of Ghana, but all were met with fierce rebuttals from the office of the Rawlingses.

A cartoon published by The Dispatch newspaper dated 10th -18th January, 2000, vividly captured the general perception people had about the silent but strong desire of Nana Konadu to lead the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in a presidential elections.

Ten years down the line, the chickens have come home to roost, with a 4-yard banner with the inscription MOVEMENT FOR NANA KONADU AGYEMANG RAWLINGS 2012 PRESIDENT. ASHANTI REGION, flying high at the June 4, 2010 celebration which took place in Tamale.

Although political analysts believe the banner is a confirmation of her quest to lead the party founded by her husband former President Jerry John Rawlings, Nana Konadu has remained mum on the sensitive issue making room for more speculations and conjecture. She has neither commended nor condemned the group behind the Movement but ten NDC Regional Chairmen have had to quickly dash to the aid of President John Atta Mills where they affirmed their support for his candidature for the 2012 elections.

The banner and subsequent comments from some NDC sympathizers seem to have hit the core of the ruling party, with their National Chairman, Dr. Kwabena Adjei, jumping into the fray and warning that “if Prof. Mills doesn't succeed nobody will succeed, nobody!” In an interview last Wednesday on Citi FM's 'Eyewitness News' programme Dr. Adjei who sounded troubled revealed, “the likes of me (Kwabena Adjei) have sat down. We have not said anything, we have watched events, and we are worried. We are worried because this is coming from the highest echelons of our ranks.”

According to Dr. Kwabena Adjei, there were people in the NDC who were trying to “rock the boat” and it was time to tell them that they (he and his compatriots) would not sit down and see the detractors rock the boat.

“It should be made very clear to them, those who want to make sure that they undermine Prof. Atta Mills so they come to power, they lie … the probability is that if within the party the top men continue to criticize the leader and president and cast aspersions on his health and everything, that party doesn't have the likelihood of surviving”.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the seeming power struggle brewing in the NDC, Kofi Adams, a Deputy General Secretary of the party has taken issue with the public announcement that President Mills will seek a second term in 2012. President Mills is on record to have told the BBC he would seek a second term.

Kofi Adams, who doubles as an aide to ex-President Rawlings, said President Mills' open declaration to contest in 2012 has the potential to discourage other members of the party who would have loved to contest for the position.

“When in less than two years we begin to get pronouncements such as this [from President Mills], it sort of disengages others who may also have interest in the position,” Mr. Adams opined Saturday on News File, a news analysis programme on Joy FM. According to Mr. Adams, what was more worrying was the failure of “advisers' to the president to call to order persons who are vowing to “crash” anyone who decides to compete with President Mills in the primaries to select a candidate for the 2012 elections.

Mr Adams, in recent interviews in sections of the media has highlighted the political credentials of Mrs. Rawlings. Nana Konadu, according to him, has for 28 years, worked tirelessly to better the lot of the underprivileged in the country and that the experience garnered in this journey makes the former First Lady stand tall amongst all the people whose names have so far come up as possible successors to President J.E.A. Mills.

“We have presidents across the world some of whom have not even half of the percentage of experience Nana Konadu has [accumulated] in the last 28 years that she has been actively involved in the political activities of this country”, he declared.
Touting the credentials of the President of the 31st December Women's Movement, Kofi Adams, said “…Nana Konadu always does things that she believes strongly, will bring about progress to whichever organization she so represents.”

At the June 4 event in Tamale, Mr Rawlings characteristically lashed out at what he called the incompetence of the Mills-led administration and at a point called the president a 'konongo kaya', - one who would not do the job but would not allow others to do it.

Such utterances, political pundits believe, are to undermine the president and incite the grassroots supporters against President Mills in furtherance of the aspirations of Mrs Rawlings.

“Today when we take one step forward we take two steps backwards. We took several steps forward in 2000 but the NPP took us back again. Now in 2008 we have taken them out and expect to move forward but we cannot move forward”, Mr. Rawlings observed.

The former President said precious political time was being squandered and cautioned that the government had up till the end of this year to put in place investigative machinery in every district to identify all the atrocities that were allegedly committed during the Kufuor regime. “By the end of this year Ghanaians will be making up their minds about the performance of this administration (Mills' administration)”, former President Rawlings cautioned.

TRUTH | 6/15/2010 2:57:00 AM
This kwabena Adjei is deleted,Rawlings make him like this now,he is worshiping his stomach not ghanaians,deleted man like this,konadu will become our next presidential candidate,kwabena Adjei and Asiedu Nketia should go and bend the sea,
Charles Danso | 6/15/2010 7:10:00 AM
Why do you use such strong language. You have to understand that everybody has a right to his or her own opinion. We can't all support your choice of candidacy, so give Kwabena Adjei a break. Presidency is not chieftancy where you choose a successor. What about me, my sister qualifies to be the president because she holds a PhD in political science Masters in Public Administration, how about that? It's high Ghana chooses quality leaders and not 2 by 4 market retailers who think because they are related to people of high positions, they can become presidents. I don't like your choice of president but I can tell you in plain language that if NDC chooses your choice of president, it will give NPP automatic passage to the castle. I am not one of the false prophet who profesied a decade that Konadu will become the president. And you guys should desist from giving false information concerning the Bible. Where did you read in the Bible about an prophet in the New Testament time? I don't care about what lies you tell, but I get very concerned when you try to twist the word of my Father to nachieve your politcal gain. Enough of that before God sends fire from above to consume false prophets and liars.
Dr. Asemdadaa | 6/15/2010 8:00:00 AM
RAWLINGS ACHIEVEMENTS ARE:
1. Extending electricity to Brong Ahafo
2. Sending his children to study abroad
3. Killing all the past leaders of Ghana physically and physicologically.
4. Killing uf innocent mothers including a high court judge.
5. Deceiving Ghanaians to enrich himself.
Mr. History | 6/15/2010 10:43:00 AM
Where are the children of late Akuffo, Acheampong, Feli, Affrifa, Odartey, Kottie, Amadome, the three judges and the ex.army officer which rawlings killed them to made himself rich. Are this children forgetten and forgiving this deleted who tried to make then fatherless? Why are we sleeping? You people should organise a revolution we people are behind you to wipe this silly deleted and the family from Ghana. Rawlings thinks he owes Ghana because there is no stronger man than him to challenge. Only deleteds illitrate worship this deleted. THERE SHOULD BE REVANGE TO THIS. AMEN.
kasapas | 6/15/2010 11:07:00 AM
why konadu will become president impossible it prohibited for ghanains
bjoh | 6/15/2010 1:02:00 PM
this ugly creature to rule ghana?na lie, we will fight her till the last breath so watch out.a wee smoker and murderer jj still want to suck our blood ?no way thier days are numbering and thier time to face firing squad is approaching.family of deleteds want to rule my dear ghana? we leave to see.
ABEREWA NANA CAB KAY | 6/15/2010 6:26:00 PM
WHEN RAWLINGS PUT FIRE IN HIS HOUSE YOU PEOPLE SAY HE IS NOT THE ONE. NANA KONADU WILL BECOTHE NEXT PRESIDENT OF GHANA AND SHE WILL PUT FIRE AND BURN GHANA. I THINK THAT IS WHAT WE GHANAIANS WANT AND IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IF YOU LIKE IT OR NOT. KOFI ADAMS AND OTHERS ARE ANOTHER deleted PEOPLE TO FOLLOW THAT deletedS. OH GOD PLEASE HELP GHANA. AMEN AND AMEN.
KANTINKA | 6/15/2010 7:42:00 PM
IS THIS THE BEST PICTURE OF NANA KONADU THAT WE KNOW? WE KNOW HER TO HAVE A FEMININE LOOK AND LOOKING MORE GHANAIAN. Unlike this one which has a machoman look and GAO-like features.
Zibzid | 6/15/2010 6:22:00 PM
What the people are asking is this: In which area of development has the NDC administration done better or even improved since coming into power? Just seizing peoples cars only to find out later that they are their own cars cannot be a good reason to let the NDC continue ruling the country. All the NDC has achieved is notoriety: Ataa Ayi, Konongo kaya, thieves, etc and a lot of barking ( yes, barking like a dog)
danger | 6/15/2010 8:55:00 PM
it is a real pity that untill now Rawlings and his greedy wife hasn't realised that they are killing the very party they help to found, where are their senses? has greedyness covered their thinking caps? now to help you the Rawlingses, Ghana is now in a new era of politics and you have to learn the game to play it. who plant that idea into your head that Ghanians will vote for you konadu rawlings as presedent of Ghana? gone are those days. stop dreaming.
danger | 6/15/2010 8:57:00 PM
it is a real pity that untill now Rawlings and his greedy wife hasn't realised that they are killing the very party they help to found, where are their senses? has greedyness covered their thinking caps? now to help you the Rawlingses, Ghana is now in a new era of politics and you have to learn the game to play it. who plant that idea into your head that Ghanians will vote for you konadu rawlings as presedent of Ghana? gone are those days. stop dreaming.
Anokware | 6/15/2010 10:56:00 PM
Please Mr. Avuklusu Rawlings, The investigative machinery you are calling for, would be extended to the period you rule Ghana, do you agree? And the indemnity cluase in the constitution would be struck out for you to face any criminal charges, do you agree to that also?
Yaw | 6/16/2010 12:04:00 AM
Pls can someone here help me what the meaning of atrocity is? What l remember is that people got lost btween 1979 and 2000 and have still not been found, women were whipped nakedll in public throghout Ghana, the ordinary Ghanaians were robbed of by Rawlings and his co to send their 50cedi notes to the banks and up to this time no one had his or her money back. Rawlings never accounted for all those money. What did the p(ndc) moved forward in those twenty years that he is talking about. Government factories were closed and later sold to the crooks in power at that time. The Ahwois are now the owners of GCMB, who is owing STC, it's the Rawlingses, where is Nsawam canary, Tstschu Chikata is commanding the Ghana petroleum and you are telling Ghanaians Ghana was better of in 1979/2000 than the eight years NPP ruled. I guess there is something wrong in the brains of this man. We better deposit him at Ankaful, or wherever.
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