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Abodakpi takes on Prof. Ahwoi over ‘Working With Rawlings’ book

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Abodakpi takes on Prof. Ahwoi over ‘Working With Rawlings’ book 1

The Chairman of the Volta Regional Council of Elders for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dan Abodakpi has taken on Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi over the latter’s recent book titled, ‘Working With Rawlings.’

According to Mr. Abodakpi, the publication of the book and its content are perilous and ill-timed.

The former Keta MP Dan Abodakpi, described it as “treacherous” and “slanderous”, the book recently launched by Prof Kwamena Awhoi, titled ‘Working with Rawlings’ in which the former Minister of Local Government and Rural Development details certain happenings within the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and its past administrations.

Prof Awhoi on Thursday, 30 July 2020 launched  the book.

However, Mr Abodakpi, in a statement said: “I have read some excerpts of the book and I am convinced that this is a perilous, ill-timed submission at this point in our party’s history”.

“It is, in fact, in several instances, a factually wrong and dangerous aberration likely to create tensions in and out. Is the objective of this enterprise to destroy President Rawlings’ political legacy? If so, then I can tell my brother and my friend that he is simply wasting his time”, he asserted.

Again, he noted, “I question the motive of the author in twisting the facts to denigrate the person of the founder of a party he claims to love”.

“President Jerry John Rawlings may not be a ‘plaster Saint’ but he certainly does not deserve this from people like Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi, who, quite frankly, were gifted the privilege to participate in building on the foundations of sacrifice established by the founder. I state for the records that I distance myself from any and all references made to me in this book”, Mr Abodakpi said.

He said Prof. Awhoi and “those supporting this slanderous and treacherous book are served notice that any attempt to misrepresent the facts behind the true story of the Revolution and the NDC party to our people, will be fiercely resisted”.

Read his full statement below:

PERSONAL STATEMENT – OFFICE OF HON. DAN ABODAKPI – CHAIRMAN OF VOLTA REGIONAL COUNCIL OF ELDERS – NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (NDC) – Launch of Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi’s Book – “Working with Rawlings”

For those who know me in my political career, I have always believed in the right of all persons to express their views in a firm but respectful manner.

However, when information is presented that is wholly inaccurate or patently false, it should be called out.

I have the the unfortunate task of placing on record a personal statement following the launch of my good friend, Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi’s book entitled – “Working with Rawlings”.

Prof. Ahwoi extended an invitation to me for the book launch. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, as a matter of principle. I have read some excerpts of the book and I am convinced that this is a perilous, ill-timed submission at this point in our party’s history. It is, in fact, in several instances, a factually wrong and dangerous aberration likely to create tensions in and out. Is the objective of this enterprise to destroy President Rawlings’ political legacy? If so, then I can tell my brother and my friend that he is simply wasting his time.

I present my personal statement as I have become aware of some sections of the book attributed to me, which are utterly false. One such example of inaccuracy, was incorrectly referencing to my designation as High Commissioner to Malaysia under President Mahama.

Please be informed that I was High Commissioner under our late President Prof. Mills and not President Mahama. Another utterly false representation is with regard to my views on the former First Lady – Mrs Rawlings and her decision to contest President Mills.

I have always maintained that the decision of the former First Lady to contest Prof Mills was not well-thought-through at the time and, therefore, not prudent.

However, I would never describe her in so derogatory a manner as has been done in the book.

I wish to state unequivocally that I will never be an accessory to any grand agenda to delink President Rawlings from the National Democratic Congress, the party that he founded.

It is my considered opinion that many parts of the book that I have sighted, are not really factual. My very intimate historical knowledge of some of the key actions that shaped our revolutionary/democratic evolution and our current political status are not in question, given my experience as a Member of the Political Committee and the Campaign Steering Committee.

Again, I question the motive of the author in twisting the facts to denigrate the person of the founder of a party he claims to love.

President Jerry John Rawlings may not be a ‘plaster Saint’ but he certainly does not deserve this from people like Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi, who, quite frankly, were gifted the privilege to participate in building on the foundations of sacrifice established by the founder. I state for the records that I distance myself from any and all references made to me in this book.

Prof. Awhoi and those supporting this slanderous and treacherous book are served notice that any attempt to misrepresent the facts behind the true story of the Revolution and the NDC party to our people, will be fiercely resisted.

Signed

Hon Dan Abodakpi

 

 

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