Former President John Dramani Mahama has disclosed that he holds no grudge against the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Jerry John Rawlings.
Mr Rawlings and Mahama literally snubbed each other during a thanksgiving ceremony to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Fourth Republic held at the Independence Square in Accra last Sunday.
In a 14-seconds video that is trending on social media , ex-President Mahama appeared to have arrived earlier and was by his seat exchanging pleasantries with other arriving dignitaries including former President John Agyekum Kufuor.
Former President Kufuor arrives moments later and they hug each other in a very cheerful manner while exchanging some words and beaming with hearty smiles.
This is immediately followed by the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who comes in with a frowned and straight face, fails to look at John Mahama who also looks at the opposite direction, shakes his hand and moves on.
Both never exchanged words except the swift handshake and the demeanor of both personalities further heightening speculations there is some bad blood between them.
But speaking to the development on GTV with Abdul Hayi Moomen, Mr Mahama blamed it on mood swings
“With President Rawlings we’ve had a good relation…Recently there’ve been some speculation in the media and all that. We should understand the kind of person President Rawlings is….sometimes he is in the mood where he doesn’t want to engage in any kind of conversation and so recently at the Thanksgiving they were giving all kinds of interpretation to the handshakes.”
“I mean there are occasions where you don’t know what mood he is…greets military style and he passes but there are some other occasions where I met him in Kpando and we had a very warm handshake and we exchanged pleasantries. There are times you sit next to him and he is not in the mood to speak or to talk but at other times you sit next to him and he is in the mood to talk,” he added.
“…Indeed he gave me my opportunities in life. When I came in as a young member of parliament, it was his appointment as deputy minister that got me noticed and he appointed me minister of communications until we left office in 2001. You have to learn which mood he is in and adjust accordingly but I don’t absolutely anything against with President Rawlings.”He revealed