Thousands of NDC supporters streamed their way to the headquarters of the ruling National Democratic Congress to witness and cheer President John Evans Atta Mills as he picked nomination forms to seek re-election to lead the NDC into Election 2012.

But President Mills, who only on Wednesday was handed a barrage of criticisms by his only other contender so far in the race, Mrs Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, was his magnanimous self and wished his opponent well as the party prepares to go to congress in July to elect a leader.

The President who assured the former First Lady of a free and fair Congress come July 8, was accompanied by several ministers of state as well as party functionaries. During the launch of her campaign on Wednesday, Mrs. Rawlings and her husband former President Rawlings raised concerns about vote buying which they claimed had plagued the NDC as it prepared toward its Congress. However, President Mills upon picking his forms stated that “…I would like to use this occasion to wish Mrs. Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings well; I would like her to know that like the true sportsman that I am, we will give her a clean fight but at the end of the day both of us will win…”

He also called on both factions – the Mills camp and Konadu camp - to avoid insults as they campaign, saying “the campaign is not about who can hurl insults at the fastest rate, who can engage in vitriolic attacks,” because the party would have to unite at the end of the day to prosecute the Better Ghana Agenda.

“Whoever wins would have to build on the foundation that we are laying now,” President Mills told delegates and appealed to them to bear that in mind.

The NDC leader, who was confident of victory, added that “…winning is not the end of the road. What we are in politics for is to raise the living standards of the people.”

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