Former President Jerry John Rawlings has called for calm after former President John Dramani Mahama’s denial that he had to be persuaded by the Asantehene to concede defeat after the 2016 elections.
In a tweet, the former President and founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) find” edict sounding threats” by some persons against John Mahama as unwarranted and unnecessary, appealing rather for calm.
“The Asantehene has made us proud with a highly educative address to the UN on the subject of PEACE. Comments by former President Mahama on an aspect of the address shouldn’t elicit or provoke edict sounding threats. It’s unwarranted and unnecessary. There’s enough tension. Let’s cool it and cool off!” He tweeted yesterday.
Following former President Mahama’s denial that he had to be persuaded by the Asantehene to concede defeat after the 2016 elections, many people have condemned him for suggesting that the Asantehene may be lying, with threats that if he fails to apologize, he be barred from entering the Asanteh Kingdom or territory. But former President Rawlings is appealing for calm given that there is already enough tension in the country.
On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, the Kumasi Youth Association, a pressure group, in a strongly worded letter asked that former President Mahama come out clear on whether or not he was persuaded even after his former chief of staff Julius Debrah has written denying that John Mahama had to be persuaded by the Asantehene.