National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Kwabena Adjei has gone to town, accusing high-ranking members of his party of being behind the wild speculations that suggested President Atta Mills was dead.
Contrary to accusations from NDC spin doctors that the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) was behind the rumours, Dr Adjei said, “We are worried because this is coming from within our own ranks and from the highest echelons of our rank”, confirming claims by the pro-government tabloid The Informer that the rumours emanated from the Castle, the seat of government.
In a recorded conversation which was aired on a number of radio stations yesterday, the NDC Chairman was heard in a vexatious tone trying to douse speculations about the President’s health condition, saying, “There is nothing wrong with President Mills. President Mills is not ill. President Mills is doing what he can do to promote the ‘Better Ghana’ agenda, that’s it! And people want to rock the boat because they have their own agendas”.
He blasted those in the NDC with death-wishes for President Mills, who is set to lead them into the December 2012 general elections, saying, “The likes of me have sat down; we have not talked about anything, we have watched events and we are worried because this is coming from within our own ranks and from the highest echelons of our rank.”
This, he said, was because “there is nothing wrong with Professor Mills sitting down there; he’s healthy”, with a warning in tow: “We can’t continue to sit down and then see them rock the boat.”
However, he was short of mentioning names.
Until the NDC chief spilled the beans, the party propagandists had turned the heat on the opposition NPP, accusing it of spreading the rumour about Mills’ death.
But the NPP had refused to be drawn into the fray, saying that in the event of the president’s death, it was the vice president who would rather benefit since he would be elevated.
Sekou’s Clarion Call
In view of the conundrum around the president’s health, and other reasons, controversial son of Ghana’s first President, Dr. Sekou Nkrumah is pushing for the replacement of President Mills as presidential candidate of the NDC ahead of the December 2012 general elections.
He believed the President’s health would not able him to endure the strains of a vigorous electioneering campaign and stressed the urgent need for the NDC to wake up and “tell Mills to step aside for the Vice President”.
“I don’t know why the party is delaying in getting Mills to step aside for Mahama who is healthier and a good material because the more they delay, the worse it gets.
“We all hear Mills and Nana Addo speak so if the two of them stand for President in the country, why does the NDC think people will vote for President Mills?”, he wondered during a discussion on Asempa FM’s ‘Ekosii sen’ programme on Tuesday.
In his opinion, “Mills should have been allowed for one term due to his health conditions.”
But National Chairman of the NDC, Dr Kwabena Adjei insisted, “President Mills is not ill.”
That notwithstanding, Sekou, who was sacked as National Coordinator of the National Youth Council said, “I think it is not too late; the Vice President is there so they can marshal forces for the Vice President to lead the party into the elections rather than presenting sick Mills”.
Hassan Ayariga, People’s National Convention (PNC’s) presidential candidate, who was at the airport to welcome President Mills from a medical check-up trip, announced that nobody needed a rocket scientist to know that President Mills was sick.
He said the president was frail and it was obvious that he was not in good shape.
Word had spread from the Castle that the President was unwell after he allegedly failed to respond to in-house calls either willingly or unwillingly.
The Buzz At Castle
Reports said prior to flying the president out to the United States, the President was virtually out of touch, with his handlers raising fear and panic at the Castle.
The Chief of Staff, Henry Martey Newman, was alerted and he quickly arranged for the President to fly out of the country for what Prof Mills himself described as ‘a routine medical check-up’ in the United States.
The news buzzed with a lot of to and fro by his handlers and it leaked unto social media networks that he had passed on while he was still alive and kicking.
He returned to the country last Monday and at the Kotoka International Airport, where he was met on arrival by an overly enthusiastic crowd arranged by his party, embarked on a brief jogging exercise in a bid to prove his ability to go the full trot with the campaign.
But an obviously unhappy Sekou, who left the NDC to join the NPP campaign, had a word of advice for his colleagues in the ruling party: “The health of President Mills is no joke and must be taken serious.”
This, he said, was because “the president after returning from his check up said he is healthy but listening to the voice, you will notice that he is not only sick but very very sick.”
“Sekou Nkrumah will be the last person to wish President Mills ill. It is un-Ghanaian to wish ill on someone and I will not do it ever but I think with his current situation he must be forced to resign,” he insisted.
The former NYC boss said the President must resign to enable government to focus attention on improving the living conditions of the people.
“I think Ghanaians are focusing on things which are needless. We should be focusing on the welfare of people not the health of the president. We as a people must be fixing the economy of Ghana instead of fixing the health of the president. We should think about the health of Ghana and not the health of president Mills,” he noted.
He blamed the leadership of the NDC for making the health of president Mills worse by allowing him to lead the party into this year’s election because it would have been avoided by allowing the vice president to step in.
Mills @ NDC Headquarters
President Mills visited the party headquarters yesterday, the second since he became president, for a meeting with party executives on some pertinent issues affecting the party.
The President arrived at the headquarters at exactly 11am quietly, according to reports monitored on Peace Fm.
DAILY GUIDE sources at the meeting said reporters were barred from recording the voice of the president for obvious reasons.
The president has shaky voice since he returned from the United States and had a nasal tone- an indication that all is not well after all.
DAILY GUIDE-Charles Takyi-Boad