A political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr Evans Aggrey-Darko, has stated that the presence of Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings at the National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s campaign launch is a boost for President John Mahama’s candidacy ahead of the crucial December 7 general elections.
Dr Aggrey-Darko was of the view that although there was no explicit endorsement of President Mahama’s candidacy at Sunday’s event by the founder of the party, his presence alone spoke volumes.
“The appearance by the former president at his party’s campaign launch is significant and enough endorsement for the President and the ruling NDC government,” he stressed.
Dr. Evans Aggrey-Darko made the comment in an interview on Monday.
In an uncharacteristically short speech at the event, former President Rawlings did not mention President Mahama’s name nor did he encourage Ghanaians to vote for him and the party’s parliamentary candidates.
His failure to endorse the President has generated a lot of controversy with many, especially the opposition political parties, describing it as a vote of no confidence in President Mahama.
Dr. Aggrey-Darko said Mr Rawlings has endorsed President Mahama silently.
“For the former President to caution members of the party not to be complacent in the upcoming general elections, it showed he cares for the party,” he said.
He explained that the former president found himself in a tight corner as his wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings is the flagbearer of the National Democratic Party (NDP) – a breakaway faction of the NDC.