Former president Jerry John Rawlings and founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, left the NDC because of corruption.
Konadu was instrumental in the formation of the party and was revered as the ‘mother of the party.’
She resigned from the NDC after a bitter contest for the leadership of the party with then sitting president John Evans Atta Mills. She run on the anti-corruption platform.
She subsequently founded the National Democratic Party to wrestle power from the NDC.
In an interview with Nigeria’s Guardian Newspaper, the former president explained that had the late president Mills dealt with corruption, Konadu may have stayed.
“…I can do is to critique and advocate for my people. I can’t hide it. And I believe that was how I won the respect from the larger populace, from both sides of the political divide. I have remained principled. My wife is still standing where she is, cut off from our party that she was very responsible in building up because it became corrupted from Mills’ time,” he told the Guardian Newspaper.
Konadu is a fierce critic of the Mahama administration.
She has on numerous occasions accused president Mahama and his appointees of corruption and mismanagement of the economy.
Prior to her departure from the NDC, Konadu founded the 31st December Women’s Movement which was instrumental in mobilizing women to support the course of the NDC.