As a Ghanaian, I am appalled by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his relentless, pathetic and ultimately doomed effort to try and plant himself on the conscience of Ghanaians that he is the best thing for this country at the age of 72.
But as somebody who does not share in the political philosophy of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), I am thrilled that an incompetent, dishonest and reviled figure is hell-bent on making himself the face of the NPP, even after two failed successive attempts.
His solace lies in the fact that some African countries, notably our neighbours La Cote Divoire voted for Allasane Ouatara who is two years older than Nana Addo. Unfortunately what he forgets is that the circumstance under which Allassane Ouatara came into office is completely different from what we have in Ghana.
But as he leans towards Ouatara, the man’s age has seen him go in and out of hospital in France, this year more than necessary. It is believed that Ouatara is in a critical condition. Nana Addo need to change his story. God forbid should the man pass away, what or who will be his reference pint again.
It is normal that at his age, his body will fail him, because the body naturally cannot fight diseases effectively as it use to when he was young. Nana Addo’s mind cannot be as sharp and vibrant as it uses to be.
Anybody who will waste his or her time to parry allegations they themselves consider irrelevant, it could only mean that they are concerned about it and Nana Addo cannot simply run away from his age.
When President, John Evans Atta Mills, was sworn in as the Fifth President of the fourth republic on January 7, 2009, the issue of his ill-health became an issue of national concern, but his handlers and counselors came hard on anybody who dared question, whether our President was fit to continue in office.
They succeeded in fooling Ghanaians, but not God. On July 24, 2012, days after the President had returned from the United State of America (USA), where he went for routine medical check-up, he passed away and the country was thrown into state of mourning, we are yet recover from that tragic and sudden loss.
The Presidency is not the birthright of certain group of Ghanaians, so Nana Addo, who have always natured the inordinate desire of becoming President, cannot and will not accept the fact that he missed the opportunity in 2000, 2008 and 2012 to become President. Not all our wishes are granted by the creator, we all have dreams but we need grace to make realize them.
Following politics in the NPP I have come to the realization that the things that other members of the did to the party are many but the things Nana Addo’s unbridled ambition is doing to the party are more.
Ideally, after President John Dramani Mahama, who was born post independence, we should not go back to elect any leader, who was born pre-independence, but that is what Nana Addo want Ghanaians to do.
If age was just a number and really means nothing to the ability and the capacity of a leader to deliver, why bother spending time talking about.
If I am given a chance to talk to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo face to face, in the absence of his erratic and arrogant supporters, I will definitely tell him that he is getting paranoid with the age issue.
That Ghanaians are getting despondent by the day with the leadership of President, John Dramani Mahama, which is very understandable, because the President is too stubborn to listen to good counsel and change two of his appointees, one in charge of Fiscal policy and the other Monetary policy is not a good enough reason to put their future in the hands of an invalid like Nana Addo.
Nobody can deny the fact that the economy is facing challenges, but the person to fix it, is not a man who will be 72 years, when he takes the oath of office in January 2017, a man who by nature’s design will be an invalid, when he swears to defend the territory of Ghana. His health will definitely fail him and that is what we are witnessing with him each passing day.
As members of the NPP gather on Sunday for the Super Delegates Congress to narrow down the number of aspirants from seven to five, the cracks are all over the place. There are already calls for the resignation of the Chairman and the General Secretary. Accusations are piling upon accusations. Different factions are meeting and moral authorities are being questioned.
Ghana is only 57 years, why will it want somebody who is nearly as twice it age to be its leader. The world is moving forward, political landscape is changing, serious countries are telling the old men that they have served their due and must give way to the young generation. Nana Addo’s generation which included the likes of late President Mills and Allasane Ouatara are stepping aside for their children, who are more than capable to move the world forward.