Still In Politics After Promising Quit
By Gifty Arthur
Some political watchers are raising questions about the sincerity of Gabby Otchere-Darko as a politician, when he had earlier promised to willingly quit politics for his private business after 2012.
Mr. Otchere-Darko last week, unleashed his sharp derogatory insults on the nine-member Supreme Court judges, after they dismissed the six reliefs sought by his uncle, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo in the Election Petition at the Supreme Court.
Mr. Otchere-Darko, who is a lawyer by profession, described the judgment of the nine judges as “politically corrupt judgment”
On Monday September 26, 2011, Mr Otchere-Darko posted the following on his facebook wall “One professor or Doctor, I’m not quite sure, wrote in the papers advising Nana Addo to take me off his campaign team, because I insulted Dr. Omani Boamah on Newsfile over the weekend’.
“I was not so pleased with his comments because I’m not even an official member of Nana Addo’s campaign team. These and several comments are why I want to quit as soon as possible”, he stated.
This was how Executive Director of the Danquah Institute (DI), a pro New Patriotic Party (NPP) think tank, announced his voluntary retirement from politics after December 31, 2012, no matter whichever way the election went.
Gabby’s sudden decision which was first made on “BADWAM” on Adom Channel on Multi TV some two years ago, surprised many people, especially so when he sounded very convinced that his political mentor, uncle and flagbearer Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo was going to win the 2012 elections.
However, after the general elections which saw Mr. Akufo- Addo lose to President John Mahama, after been beaten by late President John Evans Atta Mills, Mr. Otchere-Darko told his critics to hold on, since the elections were not yet over.
Though his reason did not sound very convincing to many, Gabby who said, politics in Ghana was becoming frustrating for him was left off the hook, since the NPP at the time was gathering “further and better particulars” to petition the Supreme Court to overturn the declaration by the Electoral Commission (EC) to make his uncle Mr. Akufo Addo the validly elected president.
He was cocksure of his leaving politics that in one instance when he was asked what he will do if his uncle won, he insisted that “I’m not in politics because I want a position, otherwise I would have quitted a long time ago. I have something to do and I’m focusing on that, I can support from the background if I’m called upon,” he noted.
Already, the Publisher of a pro-NPP newspaper “The New Statesman” is being heard in the media criticizing the judgment by the nine judges led by Justice William Atuguba over the Election Petition brought before the Supreme Court by his uncle, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, the party’s running mate in the last elections and the party’s National Chairman Jake Obestesbi-Lamptey.
“The Herald” can report that Ghanaians have begun asking Mr. Otchere-Darko to do the most honourable thing by resigning gracefully, so that he can be taken serious for his words.
A gentleman called Kweku Asante told The Herald that since they are witnesses to the calamity that befell his uncle at the Supreme Court, they are calling him to also do the wise thing, by resigning from politics as he earlier promised.