What does the headline of this piece reminds you of. For me it reminds of the song by King Ayisoba, titled “I want to see you my father”.
Like the story of the prodigal son in the Bible, the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Hassan Ayariga, finally met, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, the man he described as his father during the Presidential debate in the run up to the 2012 elections.
He got his wish granted, because the same Nana Addo, whom he despised so much, had Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey, to go to court to challenge the declaration by the Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Djan that John Dramani Mahama won the 2012 Presidential election.
But, this time the atmosphere was friendly as the acrimony and the tension that existed between the two was not there, Nana Addo welcomed Ayaricough, as he came to be known after embarrassing himself and Nana Addo with his cough during one of the debates, went there in the company of Mr. Akwasi Adei, popularly known as Odike, flagbearer for the United Front Party (UFP); Independent candidate, Joseph Osei Yeboah (JOY); Dr. Henry Lartey, Flagbearer of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP); and Abu Sakara, flagbearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP).
Hassan Ayarga, gave Nana Addo a run for his money and a hell of time when he questioned the man’s commitment to peace, at a peace summit organized under the direction of the Otumfuor Osei Tutu, before the 2012 elections.
He again referred to Nana Addo as his father, insisting during a debate that Nana Addo should retire from active politics and give way to the present generation of youth, who are well energized to lead the nation.
Hassan Ayariga organized a press conference to specifically ask Nana Addo to concede defeat to President Mahama, when the Electoral Commission (EC), announced that John Mahama had won the election.
These comments and incessant harassment did not go down well with the Fanatics in the New Patriotic Party (NPP), neither did Ayaricough get a favourable response from members of his own political party, the PNC, especially those with ties with Dr. Bawumia, up until today, Abu Ramadan, the Youth Organiser of the PNC, has never forgiven him.
Fanatics of the NPP descended heavily on Ayaricough, calling him names for denigrating their leader, and making unsavoury comments about him, to the hearing of Ghanaians and the world on national television.
Rightly so, because nobody would sit down for anybody or group of persons to run down their hero, but in responding or fighting back, it should be done in moderation, so that the ill that you are fighting, does not get worsen by your response.
We are yet to learn and appreciate that politics is a contest of ideas, we should rather use our heads instead of our tongues and hands, both of which does not advance the course of the people.
But as fate would have it, on Monday August 19, the 2012 PNC presidential candidate, Ayaricogh had the opportunity to meet his ‘father’ Nana Addo and finally atone for his sins and ask for forgiveness.
Like a gentleman that he is, Nana Addo did not show any sign of a man who was hurt by the behavior put up by Hassan Ayariga, towards him in the run-up to the last elections, he embraced him and welcomed him to his home.
There is some humanity and love in all of us. The very fact that Ayricough did not hesitate to accompany his colleagues to Nana Addo’s residence and the fact that Nana Addo, did not discriminate against anybody who was critical about him, clearly shows the kindness in Ghanaians and that is why we are special people.
Politics, which is supposed to bring relief and development to us, has unfortunately become our Achilles Heels, it has contributed to the polarization that we have.
The country is divided because of politics. Brothers have become enemies because of politics. We are chewing each other for power because of politics.
Instead of using politics to better the lives of people, it is being used by hungry and self-seeking politicians, who are only thinking of bettering themselves. They are hiding behind politics to perpetuate their self-seeking and parochial interest, which will one day live all of us with nothing.
What happened at Nana Addo’s residence between him and Ayariga, should send a strong signal to the nation wreckers that, despite our political differences, we are still one people with a common destiny.
After the meeting, Ayariga granted an interview to a local radio station, where he said, Nana Addo told him, he was a man of peace.
This is what we all wish for and pray for. It is my hope that our leaders will be able to tell their followers that Ghana is all we have and like it or not, we are related in one way or another, politics should not divide us. if getting or fighting for power is to divide us, then democracy is bad for us.
The political tension is simply unnecessary.
We cannot continue in the direction that would eventually live all of us with nothing, the generations to come will not forgive us, if we allow this beautiful country to go up in flames.
Welcome home, Ayariga, hope next time, you will respect your father.