The ruling National Democratic Congress says Thursday’s meeting between its founder ex-President Jerry Rawlings and NPP flag-bearer Nana Akufo-Addo will not adversely affect the NDC’s electoral fortunes.

The NPP presidential candidate and Mr Rawlings engaged in frank discussions about promoting peaceful elections yesterday.

Spokesperson for Mr Rawlings Kofi Adams told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show it is unnecessary for people to read meanings into the meeting.

He said the opposition NPP made the request about three months ago which was renewed a fortnight ago.

“There was no privacy meeting at all, it was a courtesy call…I really don’t know what the flag-bearer of NPP wanted to achieve, but for us we have been receiving such guests…for the NPP I believe it could be part of the campaign strategy, it could be part of, also, assisting in differencing the process,” Mr Adams said.

The Propaganda Secretary of the NDC Richard Quashigah said the meeting gives no indication of any adverse impact on the electoral attractiveness of the governing party.

He said similar meetings have happened between President Mahama and persons like former presidents Rawlings and Kufuor, “and so I don’t see the political advantage there’s in this particular situation…”

He said the meeting showcased a positive development in the nation’s fledgling democracy.

“It was a positive move in the sense that it adds to the maturation of our democracy, and it also indicate that our politics is getting to the point where we are seeing ourselves as competing in cooperation – cooperation in the utmost interest of the nation.”


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