Former President John Mahama who is the current leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has made a solemn pledge to rally the rest of the party to uphold it as an enduring legacy of Jerry Rawlings.
The pledge was contained in a glowing tribute that Mr. Mahama penned to his Founder who was buried today.
“None can match your political astuteness, wit and charisma. For those of us the comrades you’ve left behind, it is time to close ranks and collectively work to guarantee the unity and survival of your party NDC as a vehicle that entrenches your memory and legacy for posterity.
“Boss– you may be gone but your memory will continue to inspire countless generations of Ghanaians to challenge the status quo and use their non-conformism to spur societal progress,” Mr. Mahama wrote.
The eulogy also celebrated Mr. Rawlings as a great son of Volta who gifted Ghana with its most enduring Republic yet. “A proud son of the Volta Region, you gave Ghana another chance and a new breath of life under the 4th Republic. On this lifelong quest to achieve truth, probity and accountability, you gave your soul, your thoughts, your heart and all your energy ceaselessly.”
Mr. Mahama lamented that it was just last year that he, together with others, had joined the party founder to commemorate the 31st December revolution in Winneba. “Little did any of us who were with you that day know that we’ll celebrate the next anniversary of the revolution without you. “
He adds, “as founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) your death leaves a vast vacuum that would be hard to fill.
“You were and remain the soldier of a lifelong and restless quest for freedom and justice. Flt Lt L. Rawlings, Chairman of the AFRC. Chairman of the PNDC, leader of the revolution, 1′ President of the 4th Republic of Ghana, rest in eternal peace.”
Mr. Mahama also celebrated Rawlings for his Pan Africanism, which he said led to peace in several war-torn African countries and helped break the back of Apartheid in South Africa.
Rawlings, he said, also brought governance to the doorstep of Ghanaians through his implementation of the Local Government system.