By Tetteh Ahumah Bosco, Accra-Ghana
Because I had recommended a way forward for the N.P.P, Paul, a reader, had asked why not a way forward like that for the N.D.C. So ok, I will come to that.
However before that, I will like to touch on a few post-election blues that have caught my attention.
First is the huge ongoing chorus of calls for Nana to do the most reasonable thing for many a party apparatchik and faithful to hang on in there and go for a third shot, after all the Asomdweehene Atta Mills got the consent of Ghanaians on his third attempt. Quite reasonable…..
The delegation of party faithful who’ve been thronging Nana Addo’s Nima residence, a mix of supporters from ordinary folk to heavy weights mainly from the Central region made the point and Nana Addo in his usual wisdom indicated that he still needs a rest.
His consolation to them is that in his cogitation, meditation and consultation with his Maker on the matter, their opinion would weigh heavily.
The other school of thought championed by Ayikoi Otoo have been trumpeting the youthfulness of leadership worldwide hence the need for the N.P.P to be very critical in their choice of a flag bearer for 2016.
But the biggest hit for me was the allegation by some boys.
Asantehene bribery allegation
Can you believe that some folks were bold enough to suggest that the Asantehene had actually bribed the judges for them to rule in favor of President Mahama.
Onukpa b3 shia lo (is there no elder in the house)?
Shakespeare noted, “But cruel are the times when we are traitors
and do not know ourselves, when we hold rumor. From what we fear, yet know not what we fear, but float upon a wild and violent sea each way and move”. In another instance Shakespeare again notes that “Rumor is a pipe blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures”.
I mean the rumor mill and propaganda machines are really working but I never reckoned that it would hit such monstrous proportions as to suggest that Otumfuo Osei Tutu Ababio Solomon would engage in such underhand dealings.
Also to malign the Supreme Court with this bribery allegation, massa I beg, we should be more mature and sensitive. Do we think this is the way the so called matured democracies behave.
Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah said “What other countries have taken three hundred years or more to achieve, a once dependent territory must try to accomplish in a generation if it is to survive. Unless it is, as it were jet propelled it will lag behind and thus risk everything for which it has fought”.
I reckon if we will trod this road of democracy, we will have to up our game and as Nkrumah has suggested, we should work and conduct our affairs in such a way that we will be able to achieve the level of development that would be beneficial to the majority of our people.
In this regard, the media should be very mindful of what they put in the public domain, that’s why sources speak off record. It means it’s not everything that is heard should be aired even as opinions. I reckon that’s the meaning of wisdom and professionalism.
Way forward for N.D.C
So as I said, earlier, in response to Paul’s request for my opinion on the way forward for the N.D.C, I will share some thoughts.
There’s no doubt that the N.D.C is mighty grateful for the election verdict. Now what the party has to do in my opinion is to deliver on its mandate and promise to the people of Ghana. Period.
No excuses, arguments or what not….with barely three years to go, they got to make hay while the sun shines.
The issues of the G.Y.E.E.D.A report, apparent rejection of Presidential nominees across the country which some perceive to be symptoms of a deadlier malaise affecting the party and the general anthem of “no money” should get the party up and doing.
After all these are some of the big issues that will impact Election 2016. For instance how the President handles the G.Y.E.E.D.A report. For instance, if some folks are prosecuted for their role in the scandal and some meaningful refocusing of the program is implemented to benefit the unemployed youths of Ghana, that would be a huge plus.
Then there’s the issue of disgruntlement in the party with factions agitating against the President’s appointees for the Municipal, Metropolitan and District heads. Asiedu-Nketiah and his honchos have to get down to work to assure the party faithful that all’s well and the situation is under control.
Otherwise the cacophony of the earthly host will be so resounding that the lingering vestiges of discordance that resulted in Nana Konadu’s N.D.P can assuming some alarming proportions in 2016 and thereby render some unpleasant consequences for the party.
The way some of the leaders are calling for the retention of President Mahama as the party’s flag bearer for 2016 while others are saying it’s too early is another cause for concern. Massa, 2016 is far off, let the N.P.P concern itself with flag bearer issues and you guys should focus on delivering.
So far there’s a certain amount of discontent with the economic conditions in town so get your groove on and ride us on the highways of economic tranquility to the harbors of development and prosperity the masses of our people so desire.
Let’s close with yet another quote from Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, first President of our land who says “In the very early days of the Christian era, long before England had assumed any importance, long even before her people had united into a nation, our ancestors had attained a great empire, which lasted until the eleventh century, when it fell before the attacks of the Moors of the North. At its height, that empire stretched from Timbuktu to Bamako and even as far as to the Atlantic. It is said that lawyers and scholars were much respected in that empire and that the inhabitants of Ghana wore garments of wool, cotton, silk and velvet. There was trade in copper, gold and textile fabrics, and jewels and weapons of gold and silver were carried.”
We’ve been there before, we’ve done it before, let’s do it again, Yes we can!!!