The comments come on the back of calls by the leadership of the PPP for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) to release the autopsy report covering the late president’s death to prove their innocence.
The comments come on the back of calls by the PPP's General Secretary, Murtala Mohammed, for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) to release the autopsy report covering the late president’s death to prove their innocence.
The flag bearer of the PPP, also addressing a rally at Cape Coast, said although some members of the NDC pretend to be hurt by Mills’ death, many rejoiced as his demise allowed them to retain power in the 2012 elections.
“Mills was our kinsman and he became the president. Some people criticized and attacked him until till he died. And some of the NDC people themselves thanked God that Mills died, is that not strange? And after his death, they came back here to tell us to replace him with another person from the Central region. After all that they go about provoking us that if Mills had not died, the NDC wouldn’t be in government today....It appears as though they deliberately pushed him to the seat so they can commit the wrongs behind him," he said.
But commenting on the matter, Mr Samuel Atta Mills, brother of Prof Mills said Papa Kwesi Nduom, being a PhD holder, must show a bit of “common sense and intelligence” in the manner he speaks about the death of Prof John Evans Atta Mills.
“You see, when you call yourself a Dr., it is assumed that you have a little bit of common sense and some intelligence, but for this man [Dr Nduom] to be going the way that he is going, I am just puzzled and marveled. What he should understand – from what my brother said – was: ‘dzi wu fie asem’ – mind your own business.
“The guy has passed on, whatever we put out, people are going to challenge us, why don’t we let him lie in peace, let’s move on. We know what killed him; we have the autopsy report, what is the big deal? How come Paa Kwesi Nduom didn’t raise it four years ago when he passed away? And he waits in an election time? Is this how we run our elections? Well, he calls himself a Doctor, so he needs to at least exhibit that he has a little bit of common sense and some intelligence. He needs to live above this fray. If someone else is saying it [fine]; I don’t expect it out of this man. He needs to be quiet, he needs to run his campaign,” he said on Accra-based Class FM.
Many Ghanaians and particularly, the opposition New Patriotic Party [NPP] have over the years mounted pressure on the government to make public the cause of President Mills’ death after alleging he was killed.
Posters of late President Prof. John Evans Atta Mills with imprint “Who Killed Atta Mills?” subsequently emerged at the NDC Campaign launch in Cape Coast last month.
The opposition NPP believed President Mahama who was then vice to Prof Mills must be interrogated for the death of his former boss.
But Central Regional Chairman of the NDC, Mr Allotey Jacobs has said that President Mahama is “innocent” and knows nothing about even the sickness which killed Prof. Mills.
President John Mahama during his recent tour of the Central region urged the chiefs and people to accord him the same support as they gave the late president, who was from the region, as he is committed to developing the region just as the late Mills.