Rawlings, Kumbuor Deny Reports of Forming A New Political Party

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has rejected claims that he has instigated the formation of a new political party, a breakaway from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“The office urges the general public to treat the report with the utmost disregard and contempt. The carefully crafted falsehood is unfortunately the creation of a small element within the NDC keen on manipulating the minds of party faithful,” a statement from the Office of Rawlings added.

Some media outlets had earlier reported that some stalwarts of the NDC including Rawlings and former Minister of Defence, Dr. Ben Kumbour, were in the process of birthing a new political party ahead of the 2020 general elections.

But Rawlings urged Ghanaians to treat the report with the contempt it deserves.

“This is not the first time they have attempted this kind of political trickery and falsehood. In the run up to the 2016 elections, the same devious elements planted such fabrications in the media. Unfortunately, they have not learnt from the party’s humiliating loss and have sharpened their arsenal for yet more fairy-tales.”

“We urge the media and social media managers to confirm such reports with this office before publication,” Rawlings added in the statement.

Kumbour rubbishes new political party report

Dr. Kumbour in a statement also rubbished reports he is conspiring to form a new political party.

In a statement, he said the report is a hidden agenda and a calculated attempt to cause disaffection for him.

“I have no intention and have never had one to be part of the formation of a new political party. I am satisfied with my membership of the NDC, and in the foreseeable future intend to continue to be a loyal member of it- all things being equal. I have never attended any meeting as alleged in the publication with any of the personalities mentioned; let alone one that is seeking to form a political party against my party the NDC,” he added in a statement.