It has come to gleam that former President Jerry John Rawlings was soo much in help of the late President John Evans Atta-Mills that anyone opposed to Mills incurred his anger.
According to Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, in his new book, operating with Rawlings, Bede Ziedeng suffered for being a supporter of Obed Asamoah and being against Atta Mills at the 2002 NDC Congress to elect National Executives of the party.
Bede Ziedeng, who was a former member of the Elections Committee almost died from a vicious assault from Rawlings at the doorway of the Trade Fair Site in Accra.
According to the account, Bede Ziedeng and others had create a human shield to guard dignitaries going into the Trade Fair Site. As Rawlings was going in, the gang moved closer to see him and cheer him on. This made it almost difficult to see what was going on. So Rawlings took benefit of the situation. He held Bede Ziedeng’s testicles, squeezed them hard and left them in record time.
This made Bede Ziedeng to faint immediately. He was taken away and given proper care till he recovered.
An untroubled Rawlings accessed the hall and the proceedings went on. Mr Ziedeng later repoerted Rawlings to a few main individuals of the NDC, together with Prof Ahwoi.
When Rawlings was confronted on the matter, he simply laughed it off. But the incident almost led Mr Ziedeng leaving the party for good.