The Eastern Regional government spoke person and a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Atiwa East Constituency, Isaac Anokye, has described the late former President Jerry John Rawlings as God sent and a gift to Ghana.
Anokye explained that, the possibility of a military coup d’etat could not be discounted, especially if a regime perceived as hostile was to be elected in 2000.
According to him “this was a time when Rawlings could not constitutionally run for president again. But, even then, it was difficult to imagine Ghana going back to the status quo. Instead, it seemed more likely that there would be an extended period where both government and state exhibited mixed characteristics of both democracy and authoritarianism”.
Anokye remarked that today in 2020, Ghana is blessed to enjoy democracy due to the sacrifices of Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings.
He said, the election of Rawlings as President showed signs that Ghana was consolidating as a liberal democracy.
Isaac Anokye made this remarks on Okwawu FM – an Nkawkaw based radio station over the weekend. He was on a political talkshow dubbed “Nea Wo Nim” as monitored by ghananewsonline.com.gh.
Jerry John Rawlings died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital on November 12, 2020 at the age of 73. On November 12, 2020, after a short illness. He was buried on January 27, 2021 at the new military cemetery in Accra.