Rawlings reminds me of Mohammed Ali's last days - Sekou Nkrumah


Sekou NkrumahRawlings reminds me of Mohammed Ali's last days - Sekou Nkrumah

06 June 2012

Son of Ghana's first president, Dr. Sekou Nkrumah says former President Rawlings has lost his relevance in the country’s body politic.   



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Sekou claims that the former President's popularity has dwindled over the years and that has made him [Rawlings] the butt of unsavory comments especially from government officials.

“He [Rawlings] was once upon a time a great politician of much relevance [but] unfortunately he is not [anymore]” he said.

Sekou Nkrumah was commenting on the recent dramatic June 4th celebration at Aflao on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Tuesday.

Dr. Nkrumah said the former President uncharacteristically was not at his best while addressing the mammoth crowed at the rally which he says could affect his [Rawlings] political legacy.

Sekou who likened Mr. Rawlings to boxing legend Mohammed Ali, said the former President has lost total control of the NDC.

“Listening to the former President today reminds me of Mohammed Ali’s last fight with Larry Holms. Ali who was the greatest boxer of all time was beaten so badly that he couldn’t respond to the bell at the 11th round. That is what is happening to the former President; he has lost relevance”.

He blamed the situation on the fracas between the former first family and the NDC which he says could have been managed better had President John Mills been more proactive and committed to brokering peace with his political mentor.

Notwithstanding, Sekou Nkrumah urged the NDC not to underestimate the charisma of Mr. Rawlings ahead of the December general elections, arguing it could be detrimental to the ruling party’s chances of retaining power.

He said even though was certain the Rawlingses will not be part of the NDC’s campaign in December, the leadership must ensure unity in the party.

“You can’t divorce Rawlings from the NDC so they [national executives] have to give the former President a certain kind of recognition because they cannot do without him”.

Sekou Nkrumah noted that attempts by some people in government and in the leadership of the NDC to undermine the Rawlingses will backfire.

“The NDC must take this matter seriously; where it is going is not a joke any longer. I think they will pay a terrible price for it,” he said.

From:Adwoa GyasiwaaMy/joyonline.com



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