John Mahama has finally signed the book of condolence opened at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) in honour of former president Jerry John Rawlings.
There was controversy last Friday when the current leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) visited widow of Mr Rawlings, Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings, and wanted to sign the book of condolence.
“We were at the residence of the family to offer our condolences,” General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia told journalists.
“The maternal family from Anlo was represented, the nuclear family as well. We were led by our flagbearer. Upon arrival, we were informed that the book of condolence had been taken to the [Accra International] Conference Centre, so we should go there.
“By the time we reached there, the state officials had locked up the [Accra] International Conference Centre, taking the book away.”
He continued: “When we enquired, we were told that they had been directed to prevent Mr. Mahama from signing.”
But a release dated November 13, 2020 from the State Protocol Department said the signing of the book of condolence will begin from Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20 at the foyer of the Centre.
Indeed, on Monday, Mr Mahama was at the Centre with his wife, Lordina, to sign the book.
He had already signed one opened at the Adabraka office of the NDC.