Ghana’s former first lady, Nana Konadu to run for President

Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings

Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, on Saturday made history, becoming the nation’s first-ever credible female candidate to be endorsed by a political party to contest for the presidency.

She pledged to transform the nation and restore it to the path of real social justice and progress saying her strong and progressive leadership would ensure access to education, health care and protect the rights of every Ghanaian.

Putting the people above politics is her goal, she said, adding that she would place the people at the centre of her policies.

“The real treasures of the nation are not the oilfields but the youth and women” she noted and said they must therefore be supported to realize their potentials and dreams.

Her election was by popular acclamation at the National Democratic Party (NDP) national delegates congress held at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.

On hand were about 3,000 delegates and observers. A huge crowd of the party’s supporters adorned in the NDP’s colours also made it to the venue of the event to be part of the historic congress.

Representatives of the other political parties, including the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Convention People’s Party (CPP), Progressive People’s Party (PPP), People’s National Convention (PNC) and Independent People’s Party (IPP) were there to show solidarity.

Conspicuously missing was the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Mrs Rawlings, who has over the decades been fighting for women, described her candidature, as representing the dawn of “a new era”, drawing deafening applause from the large gathering.

Former President Jerry John Rawlings, who stood by the side of the wife, lauded the leadership of the NDP, for the vision and boldness to form the party.

He said he had no doubt that the party’s underpinning principles of transparency accountability and good governance would enable it to make an impact in December polls.

He said the former First Lady had provided leadership and gone through difficult times to ensure that the ordinary Ghanaian enjoyed decent living.

“For over 30 years, Nana has been moving round the country to advance the principles of social justice and good governance.”

He appealed to the NDP to hold firm to the values of integrity and justice and avoid repeating the mistakes and blunders of the NDC.

He chastised the NDC for deviating from the party’s values of truthfulness, honesty and integrity – a departure he said was likely to send it back to opposition.

The former President said he found it uncomfortable that for some time now, reason had not prevailed in the NDC as the leadership simply refused to correct the wrongs and kept harassing these who genuinely wanted to restore dignity and integrity to it.

Source: GNA

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