Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings has given impetus to speculations that she will be contesting President Mills’ second term bid to lead the NDC in 2012, by resigning her post as one of the Vice Chairpersons of the party.
By this, she has cleared the first hurdle since the party’s guidelines forbids any member in an executive position to contest the presidential race and at the same time occupy a position.
The dust will settle when she picks nomination forms from May 3, ahead of the Sunyani Congress on July 8-10, 2011.
Mrs. Konadu Agyemang Rawlings announced her resignation on Wednesday April 13, in a brief letter copied to the General Secretary of the NDC, the Chairman Dr. Kwabena Adjei, and Founder Jerry John Rawlings.
The latter’s resignation may not be a shock to many, particularly when her husband, who is Founder of the NDC, has ceaselessly condemned the performance of the Mills administration, and allegedly urged party executives to reject the sitting President in 2012.
If Mrs. Rawlings succeeds in contesting Professor Mills, it will be the first time a sitting President has been challenged within his own party after a first term in office.
Political Analysts have described the occurrence as a bad omen that could thwart the party’s chances in the 2012 elections, regardless of whoever emerges winner at the primaries.
They have backed their arguments on the grounds that the party will still be divided even after the primaries since the issues bothering the various factions will remain unsettled.
Thus, the losers will not support the winners’ campaign to retain the party in power. The opposition New Patriotic Party is expected to be the beneficiary at the end of it all.
Mrs. Rawlings’ resignation comes at a time when President Mills is receiving massive endorsement for his second term bid. For instance, NDC executives in the Ashanti and Volta Regions, as well as other interest groups have declared their support for him.
But it appears the President of the 31st December Women’s Movement is not ready to retreat or surrender.
Below is the letter:
THE GENERAL SECRETARY
NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS
NDC HEAD OFFICE
KOKOMLEMLE – ACCRA
Dear General Secretary,
I have from this day 13th of April, 2011 resigned as Vice Chairperson of the National Democratic Congress.
This will enable me respond to numerous calls on me to contest the Flagbearership of the NDC when nominations are opened.
Long Live the NDC!
Long Live Ghana!!