The former president tasked the Accra Mayor and Best Major in Africa, Alfred Oko Vanderpuye to relay to President Mahama that if the vice-president could make it to the programme, he should be made to do so.
But Hanna Tetteh, who had arrived, instructed the Major to commence proceedings.
Oko Vanderpuye refused.
Amissah Arthur arrived later to take the speech from Hanna Tetteh. An obviously unhappy Hanna Tetteh then walked out, Joy News’ Seth Kwame Boateng reports.
Commenting on the misunderstanding, President Rawlings told the gathering of city administrators that Ghana’s president is a humble man but “some characters around the president are the problem”.