Former President Jerry John Rawlings says did not come to public office to steal and never did.
Jerry John Rawlings made these comments when a delegation of Chiefs and Queenmothers from the Ave Traditional Area in the Volta Region, called on him.
According to the former President, he did not come into public office to steal and never stole when he occupied a public Office and there was no way he was going to compromise on his integrity.
During the visit to H.E Jerry John Rawlings by a delegation of Chiefs and Queenmothers from the Ave Traditional Area in the Volta Region, Rawlings said;
“I did not come to public office to steal and never did. We had to go through a lot of sacrifices to get to today as a country, and there’s no way I was going to compromise on my integrity,”
“we won all our elections and survived some of the most trying times of our nation’s history for as long as we did, bringing hope and relief to our people because of those solid values and principles.”
“What has sustained some of us is our attachment to the principles of truth, justice and fair play – it is not a vulgar quest for materialism, a trait which has sadly perpetuated itself into the leadership structures of our society,”
Touching on the recent book by Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, the former President said it was unfortunate that matters involving the late President Mills had been twisted to make him look bad, stating that days after then Candidate Mills travelled to South Africa for treatment after his nomination in 2006,
“he called me one mid-morning to say he could not continue and that he wanted to step aside. I asked him to wait till he returns and I also sought to know if he had mentioned this to anyone. He was silent and did not answer so I assumed that he might have done so. The next day or so, I invited the elders, some former ministers and other seniors for a meeting during which I attempted to put across the condition of the Professor without being specific.”
Members of the delegation from the Ave Traditional Council comprised of Togbe Agboka Sowu IV, Chief of Ave Havi , Togbe Adogo Agbalekpor IV, Paramount Chief of Ave Xevi Traditional Area, Togbe Hodzi Dunyo IV, Dufia of Ave-Atanve and 1st Vice-President of the Ave Council of Chiefs, Togbe Tamekloe XI, Dufia of Ave Dzogbekope/Ave Afiadenyigba and 2nd Vice President of the Ave Council of Chiefs, Togbe Nuku Morti VIII, Awafia of Ave Afiadenyigba , Togbe Galley Adelakpui III, Dufia of Avevi and Togbe Dugble V, Dufia of Ave Kpedome.
The rest are, Togbe Gidinyakpo II, Awafia of Ave- Dakpa Traditional Area, Mama Yawor Aviakpui, Queen of Ave Havi , Mama Awutorkeve I, Queen of Ave Xevi Traditional Area, Mama Korkor II, Queen of Ave Dakpa Traditional Area, Mama Akeh III, Queen of Ave Dzalele Traditional Area, Mama Nyawunu II Queen of Avevi, Mama Koshi Atsinoto I, Queen of Ave Afiadenyigba, Tsiami Atti Kuma of Ave Wukpe and linguist for the occasion, Tsiami Ayeyu Agbalenyo of Ave Kpedome and Mc-Solo Dziwornu-Ziddah, General Secretary of the Ave Council of Chiefs.