The political tragedy that has befallen the Convention People’s Party (CPP), since the overthrow of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, is beyond imagination.
The once formidable political party, has engaged in macabre dance more than any political party in recent history.
Every step the party takes forward, it takes two steps backwards. Since 1992, when we returned to Constitutional democracy, the party has had the opportunity of fielding the most experience candidates, but the performance, has been abysmal.
Whiles, the votes of the two main political party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP), keep appreciating with the August House, oscillating between them, the CPP, on the other hand, has witnessed the erosion of its votes, to the extent of not having even one representative in parliament.
The wagons just keep circling between some hawks, who are think they are more CPP than Dr. Nkrumah. They still live and breathe the past, they are not ready to accept the reality unfolding before them, they do not think that, the voters of today are sophisticated and really do not vote based on what Nkrumah did, but rather who has the best programme to guarantee them, a better and brighter future.
Since 1992, the party has always putting its best foot forward, General Erskine, was by all standard an accomplished soldier, who has carried the flag of Ghana high, PROFESSOR George Panyin Hagan, who represented the party in the 2000 election, was also someone, who was very accomplished and brought some semblance of seriousness to the party.
In 2004, the party took a turn for the worse, when the delegates did not allow history to direct their chose, when they voted for George Aggudey. Although an accomplished business man, was a complete departure from the rich history of the presidential candidates of the party.
The results of the 2004 elections marked the beginning of the end of the party. Agudey added nothing to the party, except disgrace, ridicule, and his subsequent actions after the election, summed up, what he brought to the table.
In 2008, the party reclaimed its past glory, when another gem emerged from the many rich and experienced hands that, the party was noted for.
Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, did not come alone, it was a double blessing, as he was partnered by Dr. Abu Sakara, who was a good candidate in his own right.
Dr. Nduom changed the complexion of the party, the 2008 presidential race was one of the interesting moments in our political history, we had an array of competent and capable men who put their policies and programmes before Ghanaians.
It is said that, there is unity in strength and so it came to pass that, despite the caliber of the candidates put forth by the CPP, that election was one of the worst election the party has contested.
A lot of the hawks fought Dr. Nduom, what wanted to bring reforms to the party, he was prevented, in fact they resisted his attempts at bringing fresh limbs and new generation to change the fortunes of the party.
He is to be vindicated in 2012, when after the 2008 elections; he decided to opt out of the dying tradition to form his Progressive People’s Party (PPP). His party which was formed less than six months to the polls, did better than the age-old CPP.
The CPP in keeping with the tradition, in 2012 elected Dr. Abu Sakara, who was the running mate for the 2008 elections. His sterling performance in the 2008 elections was recognized and rewarded. He didn’t let the party down, he espoused one of the best policies and programmes to change the destiny of this country, during the Institute of Economic Affairs debate for Presidential candidates, he came up tops, he was well aware of what was going on, not only in the country, but the world. He had the full grasp of the issues and all the debates that were held across the
country, he was by far the best.
Come Election Day, and the fortunes of the party dwindled, this time worse than it was in the previous elections.
Instead of keeping with the tradition since 2008, the party went back to reenact 2004, by electing Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, who doesn’t talk but
shout, he doesn’t convince but howl, sometimes I mistake him for a Fox.
A lawyer by profession, many expected a lot from him, he was the breadth of fresh air, a departure from the old to the new generation, but he is making things look like the old guns, who have hijacked the party for years are better.
Ebe Green, is lost in the excitement of the moment, he will fade into oblivion after the elections as George Aggudey did. His name in the annals of political history, will be lost and little will be said about him, if he does not up his game.
His open, incessant and unprovoked attacks on the President, and the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama and the candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, won’t earn him even a single vote.
Whatever votes he wishes to get, cannot be obtained by going ballistic, we have had enough of that dose from the two leading political parties, that fight or war, he cannot stand, it is heavier and bloodier than him, that is why both the President and Nana Addo, have all ignored him.
All he is doing is fighting himself, when you go around berating someone and the person doesn’t notice you, it means, you don’t belong in the scheme of things.
The past flagbearers of the Convention People’s Party, did not promote the party by going the way Greenstreet is going, they stood out from the pack, although they could not garner any appreciable votes, at least they were the best.
Ivor Greenstreet needs to change his game plans, when he won against Samia Nkrumah, many were of the opinion that, he was the messiah to rescue the party. So far, they are wrong.