Former First Lady and would-be contender for the ruling NDC’s presidential primaries Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, has flatly refuted reports in sections of the media that she failed to acknowledge the presence of President Mills during Friday’s National Executive Council meeting at the Trade Fair Centre in Accra.
There rift between the two NDC bigwigs appears to be growing following reports that Mrs. Rawlings intends to contest President Mills ahead of the 2012 polls.
Followers of the President are unhappy with the party’s Founder Jerry Rawlings over his incessant criticism of the Government and a recent assertion he is alleged to have made withdrawing his support for President Mills’ bid in 2012, presumably to support his wife.
Mr. Rawlings is reported to have urged party executives in the Ashanti Region to reject President Mills, but the executives have done the opposite and declared their unalloyed support for the sitting President.
At the emergency NEC meeting on Friday, the atmosphere was said to be much tensed with the former President, his wife, President Mills and key members of the NDC in attendance.
Fallouts from the Congress that set a date of July 10-18 to elect the party’s Flagbearer, Nana Konadu is reported to have ignored President Mills when he entered the venue for the event by refusing to stand up.
But Mrs. Rawlings in an interview with Joy FM’s News File programme on Saturday April 9 said the reports are incorrect.
“What happened was that, we were all sitting down chatting away and I was on my cell phone sending a text message and the gentleman sitting next to me got up. So I asked him if he was leaving, and he said President Mills was coming so I asked where he was coming from and then I got up with him. So that’s about it. He got up before me. I think he even didn’t see the President because his coming was not announced. I was surprised to hear this morning that I refused. I am sorry; I am not brought up that way. I think that I have been pretty much brought up well and I don’t so things like that.
Asked whether she would have stood up if the President’s arrival had been announced, “Mrs. Rawlings responded “Of course! Even if it had not been announced and I had seen him, I would have stood up because that is the right thing to do” she noted.
Mrs. Rawlings, whose presidential ambitions is almost a public knowledge, again refused to answer in the affirmative when she was questioned about it.