Because she is not God, former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings cannot claim infallibility as far as her views on the number of ‘NHIS voters’ is concerned, a former spokesperson and aide to the Rawlingses, Mr Kofi Adams has said.
Mrs Rawlings, who broke ranks with her husband’s governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), to form the National Democratic Party (NDP) of which she is currently flagbearer, told the Daily Graphic in an interview that the list of 56,000 people presented to the Supreme Court by the Electoral Commission (EC), as the total number of voters, who registered by using their National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards ahead of the 2012 general elections, was doubtful.
“You and I know it is not 56,000 that registered with NHIS cards. It is far more than that. They should just abide by what the Supreme Court is saying. I think this will make all Ghanaians happy and it will also help us to have some level of equity and justice within the electoral system. The Supreme Court is the highest court of the land and when it speaks, all must obey. If the court has said certain things must be done in eliminating all those who registered with NHIS cards, it should be done,” Mrs Rawlings said.
The Supreme Court demanded the list following a return to court by plaintiffs Abu Ramadan and Evans Nimako, to seek clarity on the same court’s May 5 ruling, in which it ordered the EC to delete from the register of voters, names of the dead, minors and those, who were registered onto the poll roll through their NHIS cards. The apex court had ruled in 2014 that the NHIS card did not provide sufficient proof of one’s nationality, thus, invalidating its use for registering voters, as done by the EC in 2012 before the 2014 ruling.
Apart from Mrs Rawlings, Mr Ramadan and his lawyers, as well as the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), have also raised doubts about the number of voters, who registered with the NHIS cards. They argue that the list provided by the EC to the Supreme Court was “fictitious”. One of them, Mr Ibrahim Adjei, who is a member of pro-opposition pressure group Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA), told Prince Minkah on the Executive Breakfast Show on Class91.3FM on Monday, 4 July that the number should be in the millions and not the 56,739 names submitted by the EC on June 29.
Contributing to the discussion on the same programme, Mr Adams, who is the National Organiser of the NDC, told Prince Minkah that: “If they [critics]are in doubt, they are in doubt because they are following leaders, who pretend to be telling them the truth, but not telling them the truth. So it’s up to them to choose the truth. Why, you think that Satan has not got a hold on people on this earth? He also has a hold. It’s not everybody, who will go to heaven? Some people will surely go to hell. Despite all the preaching that is being done every Sunday and every Friday in our mosques and the rest, some people will still go to hell.”
Asked specifically about his reaction to his former boss’ scepticism about list presented by the EC to the Supreme Court, Mr Addams retorted: “Look, the former First Lady has made a lot of statements that are also untrue. One of it was recently made on Starr FM about Komla Dumor; Komla Dumor’s family has come to … deny it and stated that that statement is a lie, so I am not for once going to listen to any other person talking; I am listening to the one, who has the custody of the information and who has provided [the list]. I wait to see what the Supreme Court will do with the information they have been provided, not what Nana Konadu says or Ibrahim Adjei or Nana Akufo-Addo.”
Prince Minkah: And so Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings could be lying, you say Kofi?
Kofi Adams: Why, is she God?
According to him, “…there are some minds you can never clear… when somebody is pretending to sleep; you can never wake that person up…”
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