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Rawlings is a tired old man; Leave him alone - Casely-Hayford to NDC

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah
Former President JJ Rawlings

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) should stop blaming for President Jerry John Rawlings for their defeat in the December 7 general elections, anti-corruption campaigner and leading member of the OccupyGhana, Sydney Casely Hayford has stated.

According to him, considering the age of the former president, it is unfair that the NDC would expect so much from him.

The NDC suffered a heavy defeat in the elections with President John Mahama losing by over one million votes to the NPP's Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to become the first one-term president in the since 1992.

As if that is not bad enough, they lost their parliamentary majority as the NPP snatched forty-nine of their seats.  

In their attempts to find reasons to this abysmal performance, many of the party's supporters have blamed Mr Rawlings for the defeat.

While some argued that his constant accusations of corruption against the party gave the NPP enough fodder to campaign with, others are of the view that his outright abstinence from the party's campaign activities led to voter apathy among his staunch followers, especially in the Volta Region.

But speaking on Citi FM's Big Issue on Saturday, Mr Casely-Hayford stated that though Mr Rawlings has a magnetic attraction of bringing people to him and putting things together, he is not the most influential person in the NDC now and could therefore not be blamed for the defeat.

"Why does the NDC still want Rawlings to sort them out? He's an old man. He's tired", he stated.

For him, the NDC lost because of their poor performance but if there is anybody to be blamed, it should be the Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.

"Amissah-Arthur was brought in as someone who could help address economic challenges and a counter to Bawumia but he failed. He is to a large extent to blame for the NDC losing the elections", he explained.