Managing Editor of the Al-Hajj newspaper, Alhaji Iddrisu Bature, says he is privy to some very sensitive as well as damaging information about the founder of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Jerry John Rawlings, the revelation of which could lead to him (Rawlings) being so humiliated that the last vestige of respect he holds in the public eye will be quickly eroded away.
According to him, if he is to disclose the kind of information at his disposal, former President Rawlings will not be able to walk on the streets of Accra again or hold his head high in public.
His comments followed statements by the spokesperson for the Rawlingses, Kofi Adams which sought to question his (Alhaji Bature’s) integrity. Kofi Adams had referred to the “Al-Hajj” newspaper Editor as a “sycophant” and a journalist whose bread is buttered by the Mills-Mahama administration.
But speaking in an interview with Alhassan Suhini on Radio Gold, Alhaji Bature warned Kofi Adams to be mindful of his utterances and careful about the choice of words he uses to describe him (Bature) when reacting to issues regarding the Rawlingses.
“There’s a lot of information I am suppressing, but if people like Kofi Adams pushes some of us and we come out to disclose them, his boss will not be able to work on the streets (again). We are suppressing all that information for the unity, progress and growth of NDC; but if Kofi Adams keeps calling us blackmailers or sycophants, we may be forced to come out,” he warned.
He denied being on the payroll of the government stressing that whatever he does is based on personal convictions, adding that every issue he puts out is verifiable.
“…don’t attack my personality, I have my integrity and reputation (to protect) so whatever I publish, I have evidence that can be verified,” he added.
The former host of Radio Gold’s “Alhaji and Alhaji” programme revealed that the reason why Mr. Rawlings is always at the beck and call of his spouse, Nana Konadu, is because the former First Lady had placed a request somewhere in 2005 for a divorce. According to him, the ex-President, in a bid to prevent the wife from carrying out her desire for divorce, has virtually become a “slave” and a pawn in the hands of his wife.
“I just advertised that we were coming out last Tuesday on the reason why Nana Konadu is holding Rawlings captive. This is because Nana Konadu wanted a divorce from Rawlings in 2005 but I have withheld that information for now, so if the Rawlingses think they are the people with the highest integrity then we will also come out and let the world see the ugly side of the Rawlingses,” he forewarned.
“He (Rawlings) should stop calling people greedy and criminals because he is not clean as well,” Alhaji Bature added.