Former President Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings has denied allegations that former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings had intentions of running for president in 2000.
The allegation was contained in Professor Kwamena Ahwoi’s book titled ‘Working with Rawlings’.
The former Local Government Minister and member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) alleged that Konadu wanted to succeed her husband, Jerry John Rawlings, as President, when he (Mr. Rawlings) was exiting power in 2000 after 19 years.
Prof. Ahwoi said in page 191 of the book that “Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings had been harbouring presidential ambitions and in 2000 had believed that she would be the one her husband, Jerry Rawlings, would hand over to.”
However, according to a statement from the office of the founder of the NDC, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings had no intentions of contesting Mills or running for president in 2000.
“When the ‘Swedru Declaration’ was made (prior to the 2000 elections), Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings had in fact been out of Ghana for several months working on a women’s health project for the World Health Organisation (WHO).
”A fact the author could quite easily have verified where he or any of his proof-readers inclined to do so. She was informed about the Declaration while she was abroad.
”Surely, logic would indicate that had she any intention to contest that election, she would have been in the country campaigning, or at the very least have set in motion her campaign machinery with which to achieve her Presidential objectives.”
“At no point did she indicate to President Rawlings or members of the party, that she had any intention or inclination to be the flagbearer of the party.
”On her return to the country, she rapidly rolled out her campaign strategy and machinery in support of Professor Mills. Yet another fact that can be easily and publicly verified,” the statement added.