The Managing Editor of the Al Hajj newspaper Alhaji Iddrisu Bature has revealed that a high powered delegation of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) are to meet with Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to seek some mediation between the sitting President and the Rawlingses in an attempt to get Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings to rescind her decision to challenge President Mills for the party’s flagbearership slot.
He said the delegation made up of party leaders from the Ashanti Region, Greater Accra Region and some members of Nana Konadu’s campaign team are expected to meet the revered Ashanti King to seek unity in the party after the July 8 congress in Sunyani.
Alhaji Bature added that, the delegation also fear that a defeat for Mrs. Rawlings could spell doom for the NDC and the Rawlingses. His revelation comes after the Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings campaign team complained of intimidation of party delegates especially in the Eastern and Volta Regions by the Mills campaign team.
Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, as part of conditions to complete her nomination forms, must have two endorsements by two delegates from each of the 230 constituencies, but Member of Parliament for Lower Manya Krobo, Michael Teye Nyaunu was optimistic that they will surely get the necessary signatures to complete the forms.
Alhaji Bature on Asempa FM on Thursday explained that the allegations from the Nana Konadu campaign team is just to prepare the grounds for defeat.
He said given the massive endorsement of party delegates with some predicting 80% win for President Mills, the campaign team of Mrs. Rawlings are ‘shaken to the bones’.
Alhaji Bature observed that, a defeat for Mrs. Rawlings at the party’s presidential primaries could mean a premature retirement from politics of the Rawlingses.
The NDC sympathizer stressed that the party delegates have already endorsed President Mills to lead the party into election 2012 because they know “Mills is the only one who can retain the seat for them”.
He reiterated that “President Mills will go unopposed and I'm seeing some signals. Anybody who jokes with Professor Mills; not even within the NDC even national politics will fail and fail miserably”.
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