Former president Jerry John Rawlings has reechoed his resentment towards the Mahama’s family today by refusing to sit beside the wife of the former president Lordina Mahama at the ongoing funeral of the Omanhemaa for Sunyani Traditional Council.
To the utter dismayed of onlookers, Mr Rawlings who received a rousing welcome at the funeral nearly stormed out of the funeral upon realising that the seat offered to him was next to that of the former first lady who was already seated at the funeral.
The incident happened at the laying in state celemony of Nana Yaa Nyamah Puduo II, the Queen Mother of the Sunyani Traditional Council who died on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at the Regional Hospital in Sunyani at age 64.
Present at the ceremony were Mrs Frema Opare the chief of staff who represented President Akufo-Addo, Former first lady Lordina Mahama, Minister for Employment and Labour Relations Hon Ignatuis Baffour Awuah, Minister for Lands and Natural resources, Kwaku Asamoah-Cheremeh, Majority Chief Whip Akwasi Ameyaw Cheremeh, the N.P.P Bono Regional Chairman Kwame Baffoe Abronye DC and other high profile personalities.
Mr Rawlings after the fiasco was leaving the scene for another seat elsewhere but it took the timely intervention of the former national organiser Mr Yaw Boateng Gyan to bring back Mr Rawlings but however with different sitting arrangements as the Bono regional Chairman Nyamekye Marfo was made to sit in between the two.
The move confirms long-held opinions, apprehensions, and suspicions lingering that the party is disunited with its founder against the Mahama’s familly which shows that the NDC is tottering terribly toward an electoral defeat again.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings revealed in the past that there had been times when he had felt like leaving the party he founded due to his acrimonious relationship with the John Atta Mills and John Mahama governments because he has constantly criticised these National Democratic Congress (NDC) administrations, claiming that some officials in these governments were corrupt.