The Presidential candidate of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, 72, has been rocked by confusion and miscommunication over whether or not she and her party, have withdrawn from the December 7, 2020 presidential race.
This follows, the NDP scheduled press conference at 2pm today at the Alisa Hotel in Accra.
An electronic flyer announcing the press conference, said the NDP, would hold a press conference to address the public on the death of former President Jerry John Rawlings, who passed away on November 12, 2020, as well as the NDP’s campaign.
It is unclear, why the NDP will be speaking on the death of the National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) founder and remained in the position until his sudden demise.
This confusion has led to people speculating that Nana Konadu, has withdrawn from the 2020 Presidential campaign to focus on mourning and planning the funeral of her late charismatic husband.
The death of the ex-President, has been left to the court of speculation with the public uninformed about the cause of death.
While some say he died from COVID-19, others have said he died from a heart-related illness, but the arrests of two aides of the ex-President by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) over a yet to be explained circumstance, has left many wondering if the state was investigating murder?
But the speculation grows wilder, with reports of attempts to bury Mr Rawlings like an Akan, instead of his maternal Anlo customs and traditions.
There are reports that Nana Konadu, was unhappy with the burial of Rawlings’ mother in Dzelukofe in the Keta Municipality of the Volta Region.
The Herald learnt that Mr Rawlings had listened to the likes of Daniel Abodakpui and other influential Ewes from Anlo and took his mother home to Dzelukope, instead of Nana Konadu’s suggestion to bury her in Accra where she lived and worked.
Konadu was unhappy with how the funeral of her mother-in-law had become an NDC affair, and she wouldn’t have any of that with the death, burial and funeral rites of her enigmatic husband.
The Herald is informed that Mr Abodakpui has since been sacked from the Rawlings household by Nana Konadu, and the role he played at Victoria Agbotui’s funeral handed over to former Foreign Affairs Minister Victor Gbeho, who is pandering to Konadu and the Akufo-Addo government.
Together, Nana Konadu and Mr Gbeho, are relegating the Anlo traditional authorities to the background.
But Graphic Online, quotes sources close to her office, saying the NDP flagbearer, has not communicated any decision to withdraw from the race to the Electoral Commission as was being speculated.
Same Graphic Online reports that its checks at the Electoral Commission (EC) have also indicated that no such letter had been received as of 11:30am Monday contrary to what has been reported by some media houses.
A highly placed source at the EC told Graphic Online that as of close of work on Friday, November 20, 2020, no letter of that sort had been received.
Similarly, as of 11:30am Monday, November 23, 2020 no such letter had been received from the NDP, the source added.
Last week, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Alhaji Mohammed Frimpong, told Graphic Online that the campaign team of the party had been divided into two to ensure that the party covered enough grounds before election day.
He said the party’s presidential candidate, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, has had to take a back stage in view of her bereavement and would, therefore, not be with the campaign team.
“Our teams are crisscrossing the country to motivate all our parliamentary candidates,” he stated.
As to whether the absence of the presidential candidate on the campaign would not affect the party’s fortunes, he said, “not at all. Our presidential candidate will not need physical presence anywhere to be known, given the unfortunate event.”
He said the party was upbeat about the elections due to its strategies and direction “in fulfilment of the social testament of late Papa J”.
He said the teams were heading towards the five regions of the north as well as the Bono and Ashanti regions.
“As we speak, the National Executive Committee team is currently in the Sissala West Constituency of the Upper West Region,” he stated.