Posted on: www.dailyguideghana.com
By William Yaw Owusu
Monday, May 15, 2017
Former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, appears elated that the party she helped her husband - former President Jerry John Rawlings - to form has been voted out of power.
She is not hiding her delight for the fact that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) overwhelmingly defeated her husband’s party - the National Democratic Congress (NDC) - in the crucial December 7, 2016 general election.
"I am happy there is a change...I am very happy...because you can't have a situation where we claim to be doing well, calling ourselves lower middle income group, and [live] in a miserable situation," she pointed out on Joy FM last Thursday.
Mrs Rawlings, who broke ranks with the NDC after the infamous FONKAR/GAMES in Sunyani in 2011 and later formed the National Democratic Party (NDP), said the Mahama-led NDC government destroyed the economy with bad policies.
"I went round the country and I saw poverty staring at me...the likes of poverty that I hadn't seen since 1982/3 and it gripped my heart and touched every part of my body that this has to change," she said.
The former first lady, who contested in last year’s general election as the flag bearer of the NDP, insisted that the economy could have been crippled completely if there had not been a regime change.
"You leave Accra and the situation is miserable...no capital city in Africa have I seen this kind of filth like it is in Accra," she said, noting, "We steal everything and we can't even clean our city."
"I am tired of the noise (because) at the final analysis I am somebody who believed in honesty and hard work. As things started changing, I advised myself," she explained why she detached herself from the NDC and formed her own party.
Nana Konadu said her husband was displeased with what was going on in the NDC, but when he tried to help correct the situation by asking the leadership not to veer from the principles of probity and accountability, he was treated with disdain.
She said the ‘insanity’ grew to the point that people who were not in the NDC had the temerity to insult her husband adding, "We reached that level where the respect for the founder was not there."
Mrs. Rawlings posited that she knew that among the presidential candidates that contested in the December 7 polls, it was either herself or the NPP candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, who was capable of saving the country from the bad situation the NDC had put it in.
She said since Nana Akufo-Addo became president, she had been monitoring his actions and could conclude that he is the right person to transform the country.
She entreated persons who are claiming that the new government has underperformed since taking over the reign of government to exercise patience since it has been given a four-year-term.
"A party has taken eight years to destroy us and you expect somebody to use 100 days to fix it?" she queried, saying the President Akufo-Addo’s government should be allowed to change the country for the better.