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We Destroyed Rawlings By Grooming the ‘Babies With Sharp Teeth’ – Kwamena Ahwoi

Professor Kwamena Ahwoi in his recent book titled “Working with Jerry Rawlings” has made a number of interesting revelations about his life in politics, majority of which was with the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

There is a part of his book where it says that Jerry John Rawlings‘ incessant attack on President Mills almost caused the late president to resign. he says this forced the people close to the late Atta Mils to device a strategy of hitting back at Mr. Rawlings in order to save the then NDC government.

He says this gave rise to a group of young NDC spokesperson who were famously described by Mr. Rawlings as “babies with sharp teeth.”

Prof. Ahwoi sais that these young men were put together as a propaganda machine to rain counter attacks on on Former President Rawlings and his family as it appeared that he was bent on making the government of President Mills unpopular.

The strategy according to Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi worked perfectly as Rawlings was finally tamed by the ‘young boys and girls” (Working with Rawlings” page 211).

Former Deputy Minister of Information and Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and Former Deputy Minister of Science and Environment, Dr. Omane Boamah were constantly used to lash out at Mr. Rawlings and his wife Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings.

Kwamena Ahwoi in the books adds that in well-coordinated TV and radio appearances, the two deputy ministers aimed attacks at Mr. Rawlings in order to get him to be quietened so as not to distract Prof. Mills with his boom speeches.

On Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana on Thursday,10th June 2010, Dr.Omane Boamah launched straight at the Rawlingses accusing them of attempting to draw a wedge between his god-father, Ato Ahwoi and President Mills.

Okudzeto Ablakwah also on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana the following day, Friday 11th June, 2010 pointed accusations at the Rawlingses of saying that they had sponsored NDC footsoldiers to Tamale on the June 4th Commemoration questioning how the poor foot soldiers of NDC managed to get money to print banners and also paid for their transport to Tamale on June 4th Commemoration of which they, Ablakwa and his other colleagues boycotted. He urged party members to disregard the Rawlingses and their evil agenda.

The organized incessant attacks by the two as well as those of other young activists recruited by Professor Ahwoi, such as Felix Ofosu Kwakye were the strategy used to silence Mr. Rawlings and his wife. This eventually saw the exit of Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawings from the NDC of which she was a founding member, to go create her own party the National Democratic Party (NDP) in 2012.

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