Former central Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Bernard Allotey Jacobs has made a controversial claim on NDC’s 2012 election victory.
In the year 2012, John Mahama of the NDC emerged the winner of Ghana’s election and became the country’s president after a very short spell as Vice President following Atta Mills’ demise.
Allotey Jacobs in a recent interview on Asempa FM indicated that Mahama only won the elections out of sympathy due to the demise of then President, John Evan Atta-Mills.
He made these comments on the back of debates that NDC’s founder, JJ Rawlings didn’t do anything to help the party win in 2012.
“you can’t build the party without the founder. As you see Rawlings like that, he has influence in the party very well. I came here to tell my party that we will lose most of our seat in the Central Region if care is not taken but they tagged me as an NDC and true to my word, we lost most of our seats”.
When the host pushed him saying without Rawlings’ help the NDC won in 2012 he said
“the 2012 elections was out of sympathy. Yes it’s a fact that…a young man as a Vice President who doesn’t know anything then all of a sudden he hears his boss is dead. It was a surprise to him, he wept. All these things help and it helped. People had sympathy for him. The reality dawned on us in 2016. So it is important to learn your lessons so that you start to build the party”.