All constituency and regional executives of the ruling NDC in the Ashanti region have declared support for President John Mills’ bid to seek re-election in 2012.

The decision which was taken at an emergency meeting on Friday also has the backing of the Regional Minister, District and Metropolitan Chief Executives.

It comes just three days after ex-President John Rawlings met Ashanti Region executives of the party and allegedly asked them to ignore President Mills for a second term bid.

Regional Youth Organiser of the party, Kwaku Boahene told Joy News Rawlings’ comments are now in the past and the executives are looking forward into the future.

He said after deliberations the executives resolved to throw their weight behind the president having seen the good works he has done.

He said without the president, NDC cannot retain power.

He added the open declaration of support by the executives is to reassure the president of their unalloyed support for him.

“We cannot do anything without the support of Prof Atta Mills and in this coming election, anybody who wants to contest will base his argument on the achievements and performance of Prof Atta Mills and we have seen that what Prof Atta Mills is doing is better for the party and the country at large and it is time for us to throw our support for him so that when he sleeps he will not think that he doesn’t have support in the Ashanti Region,” he said.

Pollster Ben Ephson said the declaration by the Ashanti Region executives was not surprising, predicting a lot more executives in the various regions and constituencies will declare sooner or later for one aspirant or another.

Source: Joy News/