A group of Voltarians based outside the Volta Region have appealed to former Local Government Minister, Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi to withdraw his latest book “Working with Rawlings” from the public domain.
This according to the group known as the Volta Caucus, is because the various inaccuracies in the book have become a source of raging controversy between the author and former President Jerry John Rawlings who is the founder of the party.
“It is in the greater interest of the NDC and Ghana that we are seeking this and anticipating peace to prevail,” part of a statement released by the group read.
Prof. Ahwoi has received massive backlash from members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) since the launch of his latest book which detailed his work experience with Mr. Rawlings.
Among other things, Mr. Ahwoi had accused the former president of intimidating the late Prof. Evans Atta Mills and being responsible for the latter’s decision to resign on two occasions.
He has also alleged that some junior members in the party were subsequently asked to engage the founder whenever he attacked Professor Atta Mills, an allegation that has been denied by all mentioned in the book.
Professor Ahwoi had also asserted that Mr. Rawlings had no strategy and vision for the country when he took office and had supported his wife’s ambition to be the President of Ghana after his tenure.
While these allegations have been vigorously disputed by the former president with counter-allegations made against Mr. Ahwoi, many have expressed worry that the tussle between the two will affect the party in the 2020 elections.
In the statement, signed by some twelve (12) regional executives representing the group, the Volta Caucus also called for calm and unity within the ranks and file of the party.
They said they were ‘saddened that this issue will come up at such a crucial time as this when Ghanaians are crying for an electoral rescue from the maladministration and misrule of the Nana Akufo-Addoo-led government.
They are, therefore, urging the two factions to “allow cool heads to prevail, so there can be unity for the collective good of the party.
“The 2020 election is so crucial requiring all energy and hands-on-deck because it is that election which will again define Ghana’s destiny. It is an election which will have good triumph over evil and to return Ghana onto the path of development, departing from the status quo; an affinity for treachery and engagement in divisive politics; a typical case as we witnessed and suffered during the recent Voters Registration exercise.”