In December 2014, Dr. Kofi Portuphy, was elected as the Chairman of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), dislodging the Nkonya Terminator, Dr. Kwabena Adjei, who led the party to win two successive elections, first in 2008 and 2012.
Dr. Portuphy, became the Chairman of the NDC, because a lot of people, had perceived and rightly so that, the party was losing steam, as the job of running the party was left to only the General Secretary, Asiedu Nketia, also known as General Mosquito.
Portuphy’s dynamic personality, the clarity of his thought, the clarity of his ideas and his remarkable talents, coupled with his personality, was to infuse a new life and determination into the polity and the people’s hope in the party and government to dream anew, but it was not to be after one year of his successful election in the Ashanti Regional Capital, Kumasi.
But It is still now left to the members of the NDC, political watchers, as well as Ghanaians, to tell whether, Dr. Portuphy, has lost his illustrious name; become a shell of his admirable former self, dispirited by raw power or that all the accolades that was showered on him, was only political patronage.
Whatever perceptions or views one holds of the Chairman, depends largely on the expectations of the person on the capacity and capability of the Chairman.
I write as an observer, who feels that, the NDC needed a breath of fresh air, a new and fresh limbs as the party prepares to go into the crucial 2016 election.
In 2012, the President, John Dramani Mahama, carried the party to victory, his charisma, his vision for this country, his track record, having gone through the mill from been a Member of Parliament, to Vice-President and eventually acting President, was all the party needed to defeat the tried and tested Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Today and in this year’s election, Nana Addo is one significant politician, who has the same and equal popularity across the divides, like the President in 2012. Those who admire him and those who despise him, do so with equal passion.
The success of the 2016 political battle by the two main political parties, the governing NDC and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) will be prosecuted on Chairman Portuphy’s failures or successes in the last ten months proceeding November 7.
Been the Chairman of a party in government is not a retirement job, nor one for the political neophyte, but a position which requires ones full attention.
A lot of things are happening in the country, decisions the President has taken with very good intentions, always putting the interest of the country first, the NPP, have always seen everything wrong with whatever the President does.
Even for the first time in the 50 plus history of post Independence Ghana, some sour losers went to the Supreme Court to challenge the eligibility of a duly elected President.
The agenda from day one when the President took the oath of office, was to make the country ungovernable for him. The NPP have succeeded, except that, the President has the blessing and favour of God on him.
The President, has in the last three years resuscitated the lethargic health sector and the dwindling fortunes of the economy, he has eliminated a lot of schools under trees, built, refurbished and expanded a lot of roads.
More than anything else, since 2013, the Presidnet has striven to correct all the systemic woes that had bedeviled the state from its creation, performing feats that have confounded even his harshest critics.
The Chairman of the party cannot be missing in all of these, when the opposition are on the heels of the President.
The usurper, Freddie Blay, since toppling Paul Awintumi Afoko, has organized more press conferences than I care to remember. Logically, when an opposition party takes to the cleaners a government, I would think it is not the job of government appointees paid with tax payers to respond to them, but the party which birthed the government.
Freddie Blay and the NPP, have addressed so many issues that they think the government is failing in, but it was all for mischief, unfortunately Chairman Portuphy, has been silent all these while.
How many press conferences, press releases, must Freddie Blay issue, before Chairman Portuphy realizes that time is not on his side and that of the party.
The game is on and he must come out of his impose exile from the political limelight and lead the party. The responsibility and task ahead is onerous , if he does not have the stomach, the position of a Chairman is not for the faint hearted, it is not a position for the ill-prepared, but rather people who are focused and purposeful.
Bernard Mornah of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), who was just elected a few months ago, is out and about and engaging Ghanaians, yet Chairman Portuphy, who leads arguably the biggest party in the country, is hiding under some rock. He must pleas crawl back and take charge.
The NDC, cannot be driving a car and looking in the rear mirror, the party, should not regret the decision to elect Chairman Portuphy.
Dr. Kwabena Adjei, was considered to have played his part and his limps were tired, the new and fresh limps that was introduced must show leadership and courage.
He used the media extensively to prosecute his campaign to be Chairman, he cannot shy away from the media now that he is Chairman. He can reach a lot of people by engaging the media.
The people must know that aside the President, the National Democratic Congress, has the men. His voice can convince and give hope to a lot of people. He must engage the people through the media.
He is on the field now, he must justify his position. You can’t win today’s war by shooting from the dark. Winning today’s war, means engaging the people and confronting your adversaries.
The President is tired, he cannot do it alone, he has the responsibility of running the country, with his transformational agenda. The NDC, should have issued or address a press conference to support the decision of the government to bring two ex-Gitmo detainees in the country.
The silence of Dr. Kofi Portuphy is no longer golden. He must speak up or consider himself persona non-grata in the politics of the country.
His silence has created so much vacuum that the NPP and Freddie Blay, who is exercising someone’s mandate are taking advantage of.