Former President Jerry Rawlings has launched another blistering attack on Professor Kwamena Ahwoi following the latter’s release of his new book, “Working with Rawlings.”
In a tweet, the former President suggested that the author of the book, Prof. Ahwoi, who served as Local Government Minister during the PNDC era, was a greedy person and that his (Ahwoi) colleagues like Captain Kojo Tsikata and the late PV Obeng were not greedy like him.
“I’m not aware of PV and Kojo Tsikata’s Strengths and weaknesses. Greed is not part of them. So please don’t whitewash your dirt and greed with their names,” the former PNDC Chairman fired on his Twitter handle Wednesday morning.
Prof. Ahwoi’s book has ruffled feathers in the Rawlings Camp within the NDC as many of his (Rawlings’) loyalists describe the piece as an agenda against the legacy of their revered leader and founder.
Other party stalwarts like Dan Abodapki and Edward Omane Boamah have distanced themselves from some claims made in the book. Prof Ahwoi stated in his book that some young NDC activists were recruited by senior persons within the party, including Ahwoi himself to tame Rawlings by talking back at him.
The said antidote was aimed at stopping the former PNDC chairman from launching further attacks on then president, Prof. Atta Mills, who, according to Ahwoi’s account, resigned as president following unwarranted criticisms from Mr Rawlings.
Mr Omane Boamah, in a statement on Wednesday, denied being recruited to do that hatchet job.
“For the record, I state emphatically and unequivocally that any claim that I was a recruited participant in any such grand agenda could only be the result of an inadvertent error in recollection and not founded on anything that remotely resembles the truth.”, he said.
Read the full statement below:
DISCLAIMER – PROF. KWAMENA AHWOI’S BOOK – “WORKING WITH RAWLINGS”
I have read excerpts of the Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi’s Book, “Working with Rawlings” that appear to suggest I was among a group of young politicians, who were purposely engaged by him and others to respond to and “talk back” at former President Rawlings for the latter’s attacks on the personality of the late President of Ghana, His Excellency John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills.
Respectfully, I need to place on record that this claim is wholly and completely inaccurate and untrue.
As a young man and politician with core convictions, I was never engaged nor could I have allowed myself to be used by anyone to talk back at former President Rawlings.
My principled stand in defending the late President Atta Mills, without insults, against attacks I thought were underserved was borne out of my respect and appreciation of the personality of the late President Mills – the Asomdwehene, his pureness of heart and other sterling and unique qualities that he possessed to a fault.
The suggestion that my defence of the late President was part of a deliberate “strategy” by elders is irksome to me. It does not reflect my personality as a politician of conviction and not of convenience.
For the record, I state emphatically and unequivocally that any claim that I was a recruited participant in any such grand agenda could only be the result of an inadvertent error in recollection and not founded on anything that remotely resembles the truth.
Dr. Edward Kofi Omane Boamah
Former Minister for Communication
5th August, 2020