A top founding member of the NDC, and former Minister for Local Government, Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi has recounted the events that led to the exit of top NDC member, Bede Ziedeng from the party.
Explaining the sequence of events in his new book “Working with Rawlings”, Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi explained that former President Jerry John Rawlings was so much in support of late President John Evans Atta-Mills that anyone opposed to Mills incurred his anger.
According to Prof. Ahwoi, Bede Ziedeng’s testicles were grabbed and squeezed by Rawlings until he passed out for being a supporter of Obed Asamoah and being opposed to Atta Mills at the 2002 NDC Congress to elect National Executives of the party.
According to the account, Bede Ziedeng and others had formed a human shield to protect dignitaries going into the Trade Fair Site. As Rawlings was going in, the crowd moved closer to see him and cheer him on. This made it nearly impossible to see whatever was going on. So Rawlings took advantage of the situation. He held Bede Ziedeng’s testicles, squeezed them hard and left them in record time.
The account further continues that Bede Ziedeng fainted and was quickly rushed away from the scene where he was given attention until he recovered.
Rawlings, according to Prof. Kwamena laughed over the incident when he was confronted. But this issue forced Ziedeng out of the party.