President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday took a rather unusual subtle jibe at members of the National Democratic Congress [NDC] minority in Parliament, when he suggested that they no longer recognise the Founder of the party, Jerry John Rawlings.
The President made the observation when he appeared before the House to deliver his second state of the nation address since he assumed office.
While acknowledging the various dignitaries present in the chamber, the President mentioned the name of former President Jerry John Rawlings, and not very loud cheers accompanied that from the minority members.
However, when President Akufo- Addo acknowledged the wife of the former President Rawlings, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, who’s the leader of the National Democratic Party [NDP], some minority members were heard hooting at her.
This appeared to have shocked the President, who perhaps felt that for the sake of the former President and the party Founder; his wife should have been accorded similar respect.
The President said “Mr. Speaker that’s the way of the world; the Founder of the party is no longer recognized by the members of the party,” he said.
This comment by the President appeared to have angered the minority members, who complained for several minutes, before remaining calm for the President to continue his speech.
Nana Konadu parted ways with the NDC after she and her husband had repeatedly criticized the two former NDC administrations for dumping the ideals of the party and allowing corruption to thrive.
She eventually led the formation of a new party, the NDP, which contested the 2016 elections, after their first attempt in the 2012 elections failed.
She has since not been in the good books of the NDC.
Story: Elizabeth AMARFIO