Former President John Mahama will join six other presidential aspirants of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to address party folks at the 31st December revolution commemoration event today [Monday].
The event, which will take place at Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region, is being held under the theme: “Deepening the core principles of good leadership for political governance.”
The other aspirants are Alban Bagbin, Ekwow Spio Garbrah, Joshua Alabi, Sylvester Mensah, Goosie Tanoh and Nurudeen Iddrisu.
A statement from the planning committee of the event said Dan Abodakpi, Akwasi Oppong Fosu and Ruth Seddoh would also be given the opportunity to address the gathering.
The annual 31st December Revolution commemoration event is to remember 31st December 1981, when former President Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings led a group of soldiers to topple the late President Hilla Liman’s government to form the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC).
Over the years, the commemoration platform has been used by Rawlings, who is the founder of the NDC, to condemn corruption and bad governance at the national level and within his party, the NDC.
Some have also interpreted some of his past criticisms on the platform as an open condemnation of the NDC party especially when it was in power under the leadership of John Mahama.
As part of the event, a grand durbar will be held as well as a wreath laying ceremony and lighting of the perpetual flame by former President Jerry John Rawlings.
Not everyone thinks the day should be observed as any significant part of Ghana’s history.
About the 31st December Revolution
On 31st December 1981, former President Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings led a group of soldiers to topple the late President Hilla Liman’s government to form the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC).
The PNDC was an amalgamation of the Armed Forces Revolution Council (AFRC) which on 4th June 1978, deposed the Supreme Military Council (SMC) II, and handed over power to Liman’s government after elections.
The PNDC steered the affairs of the country until 1992 when the country was returned to constitutional democracy.
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