Former President Jerry John Rawlings on Wednesday denied reports that he had a crunch meeting with President John Evans Atta Mills and a number of people on matters involving the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
A statement in Accra signed by Mr Kofi Adams, an aide at the Office of the former president, said the story carried by an Accra-based newspaper, Daily Guide, “was full of lies”.
The statement said: “The recent meeting between President Mills and the Founder (former president Rawlings) attended by some security Chiefs and retired Generals was held to discuss the crisis in Cote d’Ivoire and the role Ghana should be playing to resolve it. At no point during the meeting were matters involving the NDC discussed.
“Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings and Captain Kojo Tsikata were not present at that meeting.”
The statement said it was thus “a lie” for the Daily Guide to state that the agenda on the table was “sack the greedy bastards and get my support or maintain them and face Nana Konadu at the NDC congress later next year.”
It said: “We are appalled that the Daily Guide failed to crosscheck such details with either this Office or the Castle. It is irresponsible to feed the public with such lies, which are calculated at reducing the genuine criticisms of government by President Rawlings into a petty individual agenda.”
The Office of the former President demanded a retraction and apology from the Daily Guide “for its false report”.
It said the retraction and apology should be given the same prominence as the original report.