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JMDespite rumors in the political grapevine that former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, has requested for her selection as the running mate for President John Dramani Mahama in the 2016 as condition for reconciling with the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), ex-President Jerry John Rawlings has at the just-ended NDC congress in Kumasi suggested President Mahama retains the sitting vice-president for the next presidential election.

Convinced that the ruling party would hand automatic 2016 ticket to President Mahama, the NDC founder, who until last Saturday has had running battles with Mr Amissah Arthur, albeit furtive, has started advocating for the retention of the former deputy Finance Minister turned vice president.

Reports are that the Cape-Coast born media-shy vice President has won the admiration of Mr Rawlings who could not help it but pour his heart out at the 8th national delegates? congress of the ruling party by subtlety urging President Mahama to retain him for the battle to retain power for the unprecedented third consecutive terms in 2016.

While addressing party delegates at the Baba Yara Stadium, Mr Rawlings in his usual political antics, praise President Mahama for making a good choice by nominating Paa Kwesi Bekoi Amissah Arthur as running mate for the last last presidential elections.

An over joyous Rawlings, who was bubbling with confidence as he was sure his spokesperson was going to secure the National Organizer post even before the voting, stated ?the Vice President is a nice man, I like him. Mr President you made the right choice by nominating him as vice president.?

However, grapevine information indicates that one of the conditions for former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings? to return to the NDC is to be nominated running mate for the 2016 elections.

KonaduThe former first lady abandoned the NDC in a botched attempt to contest the 2012 presidential elections on the ticket of the infant National Democratic Party (NDP), a party she single-handedly formed immediately after suffering a severe thrashing at the party?s Sunyani congress in 2011 to elect flag bearer.

She has since remained virulent critic of her former party the ruling NDC.

However, her husband made a passionate plea for his wife to return to the NDC fold at the party?s recent Kumasi congress where some fresh national executives were elected.

?Let us invite our mother Nana Konadu to come back home. I hope she can hear us, I hope she can see us but then again, can you blame her?? He said.

However, the vociferous leader of the 31st December Women?s Movement has turned down her husband?s invitation to her mother party, saying the main reasons why she walked out of the NDC and formed her now almost defunct party the National Democratic Party (NDP) still remain.

?Even if I find it interesting I will not escort my husband there? The conviction I had in going to some other place is still there and still relevant,? the former vice chairperson of the NDC told Accra-based TV 3.
Speaking to journalist, Nana Aba Anamoah, she said ?I had been busy the whole day. I had not heard,? adding that Mr Rawlings ?knows better? when it comes to her resolve not to return though his appeal may have emanated from ?a good heart?.

?I worked to build [NDC],? she pointed out. ?But even when you build a house, you build the house because you want to live in it?and you find that robbers have taken over your house and the house has been desecrated in some way and you have the chance to move to a smaller house somewhere, if you are not staying there, then that?s your problem.?

While it is still not clear if Mr Rawlings will sidestep his public endorsement of vice president Amissah Arthur in support of his wife, many say the 2016 vice presidential battle of the NDC will be a repeat of the 2008 one.

Ahead of the 2008 elections, while former President Rawlings was reported to be supporting then Mr John Dramani Mahama for the number two slot, his wife Nana Konadu insisted then candidate Mills nominated Madam Betty Mould Iddrisu.

Sources close to the former first family say while Nana Konadu has not given up her presidential ambition, the reality is dawning on her that she cannot equal the records of her hubby by becoming president. She is thus gearing up to partner President Mahama for the 2016 election, if the ongoing negotiation with the top echelon of the NDC succeeds.

Source: The Al-Hajj

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