His Excellency, Nana Akuffo Addo has recounted in a rare nostalgic moment, periods leading to the commencement of a healthy relationship with the late President Jerry John Rawlings claiming they both “did not see eye to eye”.
In a tribute at the final funeral rites of the late President in Accra , he recounted: “It was no secret that the relationship that existed between the two of us, right from the heady days of 1979, through to my brief period in exile, his assumption of office as the 1st President of the 4th Republic, the historic Kume Preko demonstrations, my period as Attorney General and Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Kufuor administration, to my being elected 2008 NPP presidential candidate, was one of open animosity. We did not see eye to eye!!”.
He however noted that, with time, things changed.
“We came to see value in each other, and understood, to a very large degree, our respective perspectives. One thing we had in common was our mutual commitment to public service.”
From my entry into office, right up to the day he was called by his Maker, he remained a good friend and a repository of sound advice. I knew that, in moments of difficulty in my presidency, I could count on his considerable wealth of experience and knowledge. On those occasions, he came through for me.
The President revealed that his visit to the Ridge residence of the late Mr.Rawlings in 2012 signified the easing of tensions between them, leading to a friendship that lasted for the better part of some eight (8) years.
“Indeed, when the Ghanaian people, in 2016, reposed, for the first time, their confidence in me in the elections of that year, one of the first persons on whom I paid a courtesy call was His Excellency, Jerry John Rawlings”.He added .
The Final Funeral rites of the late former President is currently.