Former President and Presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has suspended his campaign tour of the Ashanti Region with immediate effect following the death of former President Jerry John Rawlings.
A statement from the Mahama 2020 campaig
n team described Mr Rawlings as an “iconic” figure.
On his social media handle, Mr. Mahama said; “I have announced the suspension of my tour of the Ashanti Region and all NDC campaigns across the country following news of the passing of our Founder and former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings. May his soul rest in peace.”
Mr Rawlings passed away Thursday morning November 12, 2020 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
His mother, Victoria Agbotui, recently died aged 101 and has since been buried.
Rawlings initially came to power as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d’etat in 1979.
Prior to that, he led an unsuccessful coup attempt against the ruling military government on 15 May 1979, just five weeks before scheduled democratic elections were due to take place.
After initially handing over power to a civilian government, he took back control of the country on 31 December 1981, as the Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).
In 1992, Mr Rawlings resigned from the military, founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first President of the Fourth Republic.
He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.
After two terms in office, Mr Rawlings stepped aside and endorsed his vice-president, the late John Atta Evans Atta Mills, as a presidential candidate in 2000.
Mr Rawlings was 73 years old.