Aspiring National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate for 2020,Stephen Atubiga has explained why he and his family members wept profusely over the sudden exit of former first Lady Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings from the NDC.
Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings who was also then the president of the 31st December women’s movement, left the NDC to form her own political party; National Democratic Party (NDP) of which she was the flagbearer in the 2016 general elections.
Speaking in a one on one inspiring interview with Boama Darku host of “Maakye’ show on Accra-based Hot 93.9FM,Stephen Atubiga delineated passionately that,his family had served the former first lady and her husband, former president Jerry John Rawlings very well,thus her (Nana Konadu’s) exit from the NDC caused them so much pain:
“My father was one of the founding fathers of the NDC, we have worked for the NDC. My mother was part of the 31st women’s movement so she was very helpful to Nana Konadu. My family and i served Jerry, and Nana Konadu so she, establishing in another party was like taking something away from me. I wept, my family and I wept profusely because of the work we had done for her.” Atubiga told Boamah Darko
The two-time failed parliamentary candidate aspirant of the NDC in the Binduri constituency added that,” Democracy is very good… I respect her a lot… she has helped a lot of women..I can’t take that away from her”,
Mr Atubiga announced his presence on Ghana’s political scene when he contested the 2012 NDC parliamentary primary in the Binduri constituency but lost by three votes. He subsequently joined the party’s communications team and made headlines after he was sentenced together with Ken Kuranchie to three days in prison during the 2012 election petition hearing for contempt.
Determined to achieve his dream, Mr Atubiga made another failed attempt in 2015 to contest the 2016 parliamentary election on the ticket of the NDC in the Binduri constituency. Relentless on seeing the NDC retain power, he joined the party’s campaign team and toured the length and breadth of the country with then President Mahama.