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29.11.2004 General News

Those with guns to destabilize nation should stop - Rawlings

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Tamale, Nov. 29, GNA - Former President Jerry John Rawlings on Sunday appealed to all those who are keeping guns in Dagbon and beyond not to use them to destabilize the nation because their children and the country needed them alive.

"Those who have guns and are planning to do something to discredit the country should not use them, throw them away because, Ghana needs you, your children needs you and lets not see you dying because we need you alive," he said when he addressed a mammoth rally in Tamale on Sunday.

The former President who accompanied the NDC running mate, Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, to the region said the whole world was now denouncing violence and called on the people of Dagbon to remain united as one people with a common goal and work towards development.

He said the surest way to be happy in Ghana was to vote the NPP out of power, come December 7 because, "They are misusing state property" and it needed the thumb to get them out power but not any other means."

He claimed that President Kufuor and Alhaji Aliu Mahama have only brought the worse out Ghanaians because "they have failed miserably to perform," adding, "It is a shame for them to go round and solicit for votes to rule Ghanaians the second time".

He said, "I did not dip my hand in the national coffers to fill my pockets and misbehave "As is portrayed by members of the NPP" and the NPP was able to poison the minds of the electorate in 2000 to win their mandate and that they would fail this time round".

Former President Rawlings said for a nation to be strong the government must be accountable enough to support the people, which, he said, was eluding the NPP and that the NDC would come back to power to serve the people but not to lord it over them.

He said, he welcomes the intervention of Cardinal Turkson to reconcile he and President Kufuor but before then Cardinal Turkson should reinvestigate all allegations levelled against him and members of the NDC by the NPP government and come out with a clean truth.

He thanked the people for coming out in their numbers to meet Alhaji Mumuni and described the crowed as the greatest, he had ever had ever seen in his live and advised them to translate into votes in December 7.

Mr Haruna Iddrisu, National Youth Organiser of the party claimed that the NDC was going to win 90 per cent of all the votes in the Northern Region and described the region as a winner region.

All the Parliamentary candidates in the region were introduced to the supporters by Alhaji Mumuni who earlier pleaded for votes for the NDC, come December 7.

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