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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Mrs. Rawlings Will Lead NDC To Disastrous Defeat In 2012

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Pollster and Editor-In-Chief of the “Daily Dispatch” newspaper, Ben Ephson, says it will be an impolitic move if the ruling NDC’s current Vice Chairperson and former First Lady, Mrs.

Konadu Rawlings, goes ahead with her presidential ambition to lead the party in 2012. Mr. Ephson also believes that the influence of the Rawlingses in the NDC over the years, has waned rather considerably.

Though Mr. Ephson concedes that the NDCs Vice Chairperson has accumulated enough experience in her political career spanning nearly three decades, the acclaimed pollster firmly posits that to chose the former 1st lady as the NDCs flagbearer for the 2012 General Elections will be politically inexpedient and could spell doom for the party’s chances in 2012.

“…should the NDC elect Mrs. Rawlings at the expense of President Mills, who is expected to seek for a second term or should the President somehow decide to step down (due to unforeseen scenarios), I’ll be very surprised…the NDC will definitely be sent to the wilderness of opposition,” he stated.

Speaking in an interview with Kwami Sefa-Kayi, host of Peace FM’s flagship programme, “Kokrokoo” on Tuesday, he argued that the influence of the Rawlings’s in the NDC and Ghana’s political landscape has gone down considerable with each passing year.

“The influence of Rawlingses has been waning…ex-president Rawlings eventhough he is very popular in the country, his influence in Mills’ campaign did not secure him the Presidency…prior to the 2000 general elections, after President Rawlings had chosen his then Vice President, Mills, to contest against candidate Kufuor, Mills lost despite the charisma and aura of invincibility surrounding Rawlings.

“Again in 2004, he lost to sitting President Kufuor, under the guidance of ex-President Rawlings,” he added.

Mr. Ephson revealed that the findings of a survey he conducted indicated President Mills was voted into power by the Ghanaian electorate because they felt he was now independent of the Rawlingses, which was not the situation some years back.

“…For instance, Candidate Mills in 2004, lost in both the Western and Central Regions, but won in 2008 based on the belief in his credibility and ability…Rawlings contributed very little to the success of President Mills in 2008,” Ben Ephson said.

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