Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, has revealed that she did not form the National Democratic Party (NDP), a breakaway party from the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), on the eve of the 2012 general elections.
The former First Lady made the rather startling revelation in an interview on Tuesday, but failed to mention who formed it.
Nana Konadu, wife of former President Rawlings, has been largely credited with the formation of the NDP after criticising the performance of the NDC administration under the late President John Evans Atta Mills.
“I did not form it (NDP). I had traveled, so upon my return I heard of a new party and they gave the reasons for its formation so I decided to be part of it. It sounded good because they were going to do things differently on how Ghana should go.
The party had better objectives to lift Ghana from poverty to a real middle income status, not by words but by deeds and I wanted to be part of it,” she explained.
Nana Konadu, who became the flagbearer of the NDP could not realise her ambition of contesting the 2012 general elections, because the Electoral Commission disqualified her on the basis that her presidential nomination forms were not completed.
Attempts to get the court to overturn the decision of the commission were unsuccessful.
Prior to the decision to quit the NDC, Nana Konadu had tried to wrestle the flagbearership of the party from the then incumbent President John Atta Mills, but failed, when she lost terribly at the presidential primary.
At that time, the former First Lady, claimed that the tenets on which the NDC was built – probity and accountability – had been discarded, and hence her decision to leave the party.
Her husband, the former President Rawlings, who is the founder of the NDC had also been an adamant critic of the party then.
Now, Mrs. Agyemang Rawlings claimed that she had only heard of the formation of the party whilst outside the country and decided to join because she believed in their ideals.