A group calling itself Foot Soldiers of the ruling National Democratic Congress has started a campaign to put forward former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings as presidential candidate for the party.
To ensure that their plan materializes, the group has started posting campaign materials of Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings around the metropolis. Two of the posters are posted on a pole in front of Joy FM.
The 20’X 10′ poster has at the top the inscription: FOOT SOLDIERS! FOOT SOLDIERS! FOOT SOLDIERS CALLING!
There is a bold picture of the former first lady occupying almost half of the poster; with the caption NANA KONADU, HOPE FOR GHANA 2012.
The poster also has pictures of other women leaders globally; like Benazir Bhuto of Pakistan and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia.
There was a question mark beneath these pictures with an arrow pointing towards the former Ghanaian first lady.
The group championing the campaign would not disclose the names of any of their regional representatives though their telephone numbers are available on the posters.
The Central Regional organizer who spoke to Joy News said Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings will be the best person to manage the party and seek the interest of the foot soldiers.
He suggests a betrayal of the party by the ruling government, reminding President Mills he did not win the presidency as an independent candidate.
He said the party’s control must revert to its rightful founders to ensure they have real leadership, and woe betides the Rawlingses if they refuse the offer. They should retire from politics and remain silent forever then.
Spokesperson for the Rawlingses, Kofi Adams expressed their innocence of the posters but said the development should inure positively to the party. Listen to Kofi Adams
He explained that the group’s concerns over the need for the NDC’s leadership is in the right direction and commendable but said the party would stick to its principles, regulations and timetables.
Asked if Nana Konadu would support the action of the group, Kofi Adams said “…these are party people, not enemies speaking, they are party people that are speaking so if you have party people endorsing the ideals of a party member who is at the very top, you don’t come out and condemn them, what you do is to encourage them to hold up the values. At the end of the day if they speak good of the leader of the party, it is for the good of the party…”