Dr Richard Amoako Baah, a former Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has said he doubts the National Democratic Congress (NDC), will attract sympathy votes following the death of Jerry Rawlings.
Speaking with Benjamin Offei-Addo on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Tuesday, Dr Baah said the main opposition party may rather suffer for the poor handling of the demise of its founder.
“The NDC handled this very poorly,” Dr Baah categorically stated.
He added: “It was not a good thing to allow Asiedu Nketiah, the General Secretary, even though he is the General Secretary to be the one speaking for the party with respect to the death of Rawlings.”
“No, the one who is his (Rawlings) number one critic should not be the one praising him and speaking about him, that is why they don’t have any credibility, he died immediately and you say NPP is grieving more than the aggrieved.
“He is a former president, he is going to get a state burial, what you need to do is coming out with your own programme and see how it can be fitted into the programme,” Dr Baah pointed out.
Time for reconciliation
He advised the opposition NDC to rather use the death of its founder to reconcile with the family of the late president.
“This was a unique opportunity for them to mend the wounds, is everything about politics? No, for Christ sake, you have the daughter of the late President and you still don’t know what to do.”
Dr Baah, however, commended the NDC for taking a decision not to react to the fallout from the news conference by the National Democratic Party, founded by Rawlings’s wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings.
“Sometimes silence is better than anything you say, it is a way of bringing down the temperature,” he noted.