Former Ghanaian president and NDC flag bearer, Jerry John Rawlings has revealed why he was able to stay in power for long- making him the longest-serving president ever in the annals of Ghanaian politics.

He made this revelation when he was speaking to a delegation of Chiefs and Queen mothers from the Ave Traditional Area in the Volta Region that paid a courtesy call on him at his residence.

According to him, his integrity and abhorrence for thievery and lying were the main reason why he decided to hang on power for a long period of time.

He further explained that he never came into power to steal or to amess wealth for himself and his family.

“I did not come to public office to steal and never did. We had to go through a lot of sacrifices to get to today as a country, and there’s no way I was going to compromise on my integrity.”

“We won all our elections and survived some of the most trying times of our nation’s history for as long as we did, bringing hope and relief to our people because of those solid values and principles.”

“What has sustained some of us is our attachment to the principles of truth, justice, and fair play – it is not a vulgar quest for materialism, a trait which has sadly perpetuated itself into the leadership structures of our society,” he concluded.