Konadu declares intention to run again


A former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, has declared her intention to compete for the presidency in the upcoming November 7 general elections.

The National Democratic Party (NDP) member felt this was her time, having been disqualified from contesting the 2012 presidential election by the Electoral Commission for her late submission of registration documents.

At a re-launch of the Friends of Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings (FONKAR) group in Accra, Mrs Rawlings said she would compete in the presidential primaries of the NDP.

“There are a number of people, who have shown interest. If the interest is still there, I’ll be one of the competitors…if the interest is not there I’ll still compete,” she declared.

The leading member of the 31st December Women’s Movement broke away from the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) – founded by her husband, ex-President Jerry John Rawlings – to form the NDP after heightened tensions between her and the party’s leadership.

She has been vocal and has criticised the Mahama-led government for failing to address various issues including corruption.

She further called on Ghanaians to rise and speak confidently about the poor management of the country.

“There are things that we should all be talking about, which, as Ghanaians, we’ve kept quiet…and you ask yourself: ‘Why are we quiet?’ Do we want an explosion on our hands before we talk?” she queried.

She challenged Ghanaians to strive to develop their communities, indicating that: “Our great grandfathers and mothers did not keep quiet; that is why we have independence. They fought for something. Let us all be strong enough and fight for something. Positive fighting, positive work will elevate the country and whatever community we live in.”

Source: classFMonline.com

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