Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), former president

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Chief on his chopping board is former presidents Kufuor, Atta Mills and Mahama.

Surprisingly to many political watchers, he has barely criticised President Akufo-Addo, despite their history of bitter rivalry.

Well, now things have changed. The one-time arch rivals are now 'best friends.'

Speaking at a recent, Mr Rawlings says his fondness for the president is due to "certain principles and values.”

He said: “We are very fortunate that somebody like Nana Akufo-Addo has emerged over here. People think I like that man to high heavens, no, but I respect him for certain principles and values.”

Many rank and file of the opposition NDC have decried his closeness to the president as they see it as a propaganda tool for the governing New Patriotic Party (NDC).

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Mr Rawlings is often seen at high profile state events, including the recent state banquet for the heir of the British throne, Prince Charles.