Former President Jerry John Rawlings on Saturday dawn smoked the peace pipe with the outgoing Mayor of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly Alfred Oko Vanderpuje after last Thursday’s snub on the red carpet.
Mr Rawlings pulled a matured stunt when he walked to the mayor now Member of Parliament-elect for Ablekuma South constituency to apologize for his actions to the admiration of members of the minority in 7th Parliament of the 4th republic who had just been sworn into office.
It is not clear what both discussed during their brief interaction, but they were seen beaming with smiles as members of the NDC who had just taken their oaths cheering the party’s founder for exhibiting such maturity.
It would be recalled that Mr Rawlings on Thursday morning prior to the President State of the Nations Address (SONA) subjected Mr Vanderpuje to an embarrassing spectacle while he tried to have a few words with him.
In a 13-second video that was captured prior to President Mahama’s State of the Nation Address to parliament, the mayor appeared to have greeted Mr Rawlings while he climbed the staircase to parliament house which he reluctantly responded.
Oko Vanderpuje later made another attempt to whisper something into the ear of the former president who at the time walking on the red carpet but he shoved him off with a sign literally meaning he was not interested in whatever he had to say.
The Member of Parliament-elect for Ablekuma South had no option but recoil in the ensuing embarrassing situation as the Mr Rawlings could be seen ascending the staircase with other dignitaries.
Many accused Mr Rawlings of not showing true statesmanship with his conduct only for him to exhibit that level of maturity this dawn