Ghana’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Victor Smith has chastised the founder of the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), former President Jerry John Rawlings for showing disrespect to former President John Dramani Mahama.
According to him, it is a fact that Rawlings is the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and a former President of Ghana, and that same seat he occupied as President, John Mahama has also occupied same.
Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ Morning Show to voice out his rage, Ambassador Victor Smith averred that “we can say that they are colleagues of a certain stature in the society”.
He stressed that former President Rawlings should realise that the presidency is similar to kingship and just as one cannot reproach a King publicly, so must he [Rawlings] not undermine former President Mahama in a manner he did in Ho in the Volta Region during the 31st December Movement celebration.
“It is the same respect that we want former President Rawlings to find a way to resolve any issue he has with anybody especially of the calibre and stature of former President Mahama . . . you are two former Presidents of our party [NDC] and in your estimation Mahama has done something wrong, you should speak to him on the quiet for him to explain himself to you why he was late to the event and not disrespect him in this manner”, he fumed.
“ . . but even if Mahama was late to the program, was that the platform for Rawlings to address him when teeming supporters are around? Are you helping us or you want to destroy the party or perhaps you want to disgrace John Mahama?” he quizzed.
He was of the view that many people have complained to former President Rawlings behind the scene but he is adamant; proving to be better and perfect than everybody in the country.
“ . . John Mahama maybe younger than Rawlings but you occupied the same seat that Ghanaians voted for him [Mahama] to become President and so let’s take it that you all are in the same class as former Presidents; you need to give respect to each other”, he asserted.
“Mahama says this is about the third time Rawlings has publicly chastised him for attending an event late. It is only a small boy that we can tell him that . . . Mahama is worried about Rawlings’ treatment. What do you think would have happened if Mahama had responded to Rawlings statement”, he asked.