The NDC’s Upper East Regional Secretary, Donatus Akamugri, has said at a vigil organised for late president Jerry John Rawlings that their party founder will not be buried until the party he formed comes back to power.
He said this at the vigil held in Bolgatanga — a week after his sudden death in the nation’s capital, Accra.
“Rawlings must be buried when we are in power. He will be held if our political party does not come back to power to bury him. If he had wanted to be buried, then he should have been called to eternity before the period of elections. We had three weeks to elections when he died. So, his soul will not rest in peace if we have to bury him when an election is just around. And he was eager to cast his vote for his party. And once he has passed away and the election has not been done, we believe that he wants us to win election and bury him. Left with us, if we don’t win election, Rawlings is supposed to be kept until NDC comes back to power and, then, we will bury him.
“And surely, this election, we will win it because, with the spirit of Rawlings, with the way he has contributed to this country and the people seeing what he has done and even his opponents now calling him an angel, they would do him an honour for his party to come back to power and then bury him. So, we are calling on everybody in this country, including our party members and those who are giving tributes to Rawlings as a good person, to give him the best tribute by making sure that the NDC wins the election and, then, his party will be in power and bury him. That is when he will go to his Maker without any hindrance or hurt in him,” Akamugri said.
A veteran political figure, John Tia, hailed Rawlings on the night, describing him as a selfless man who lived all his life for the ordinary man.
“It was J.J. Rawlings who said that Ghana belonged to all the people in Ghana. That is how electricity came to the north. That is how he developed our roads. He sacrificed his life and developed this country. He believed in the common person. He believed in freedom,” remarked the former Ambassador to Cuba and Minister for Information.