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A former Spokesperson to former President Jerry John Rawlings, Mr Victor Smith, who is also the immediate past Ghana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, has disclosed a bitter relationship between he and his former boss.
According to him, the two have not been on good terms for a long time due to some instances in the past and suggesting that it does not appear as if both of them would make up anytime soon as they have been avoiding each other, especially in public places.
Describing their current relationship as “not the best”, Ambasador Victor Smith says he personally has no grudge against Mr Rawlings and anytime he stretches an olive leaf to him he is likely to respond accordingly.
It would be recalled that on April 9, 2008, Flt Lt. Rawlings sent a text message to Mr Smith, then his official Spokesperson, directing him to write a letter to fire himself and copy the media.
This was towards impending general elections when Mr Smith had declared support to Prof John Evans Atta Mills for his choice of Mr John Dramani Mahama as running mate at the time. A decision that was against the wishes of the Mr Rawlings and his family who had wanted him to choose between Madam Betty Mould Iddrisu and Mr Martin Alamisi Amidu.
In an interview with Mr Smith on Starr FM yesterday regarding his relationship with the former President, he said
“I don’t call him. We do send messages sometimes if I find out he is saying things or doing things that are hurting our party and I say: ‘Chief, please don’t do it, don’t do this,’ and he doesn’t take it in good faith. But hey, that’s all I can say. But we don’t talk, I don’t call him, he doesn’t call me, I don’t see him anywhere because I don’t go to maybe where he goes to.”
Mr Smith said though the way Mr Rawlings dismissed him in 2008 was not the best he wasn’t holding grudge with him. “I didn’t hold anything against him,” “… I certainly was not angry with him … I saw the funny side of it,” he stated
Ambassador Smith who has twice failed to become a Member of Parliament for the Abuakwa North constituency hinted never to contest that seat again.
“I’ll be very frank with you I’ll not stand elections there again. I have done twice,” he stated.
He said however that he has no regret contesting the seat on both occassions and that his taking the new decision because he is bitter.
Ambassador Smith lost his bid for the seat for the second time to Gifty Twum-Ampofo, garnering 11,740 of valid votes to the latter’s 18,098.
Commenting on the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) performance in the last general elections, Ambassador Smith believes his party lost due to “weak leadership”.
“Weak leadership could have cost us,” he remarked, stating “I believe that we had victory on our hands. It could not be just political leadership at the presidency.”
The NDC woefully lost last year’s elections to the New Patriotic Party (NPP), making President John Mahama the first ever sitting president of Ghana to have lost an election in the Fourth Republic.
Ambassador Smith described the NDC defeat as “a hurricane” which could have been easily averted if “Mahama had been timeously advised.”
“We lost it as a team to have anticipated if we had kept our ears on the ground… we would have anticipated a hurricane coming,” he added. “There were some mistakes that if we had tackled timeously, we (NDC) would have won the elections.”
He was optimistic that the NDC will bounce back come election 2020.
“In time, we (NDC) will tackle the little blunders and mistakes that cost us during the elections,” he opined.
Source: Jeorge Wilson Kingson || ghananewsonline.com.gh