Timing is very important in everything we do or say, the Good Book, captures it succinctly in Ecclesiastes 3:2, when it said, there is a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to harvest.
Ex-president John Dramani Mahama, has launched what he himself has described as the final showdown with Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, after both gentleman, had defeated each other in the two elections that, they both contested.
John Dramani Mahama, won the first round in 2012, with Akufo-Addo, winning the second round in 2016, with the final bout expected in 2020.
It is said that, in politics, a lot of things can change in a day, decisions can be taken that can alter the outcome of any expected election.
I will admit that, failure to criticize any government early, to lay down a marker of citizen skepticism, as well as a willingness to offer a prolonged period of grace to a new government are detrimental to both the said government and citizens.
But president Akufo-Addo, according to my calendar has 26 months until the next general election, which is more than two years away.
In this period, although time is running out for him, he still has ample time to change the course of his government, which by all indications, the wagons, have started coming off.
The saying goes that thunder doesn’t strike the same target twice and I hope former president Mahama, is not setting himself up to break this record in 2020.
The headline of this article may sound mischievous, but when am done with it, my intention will be very well communicated and understood by those who wish to take the scales off their eyes.
Campaigning for election 2020 for John Mahama, has started in earnest, even though he is yet to win the flagbearership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
When his attention about a fortnight ago, was drawn to him focusing too much on president Akufo-Addo and his government, instead of addressing the issues affecting NDC members, whose votes he needs to lead the party, his response was, whether NDC members live on Mars.
No sir, they don’t, but first of all, a critical analysis of the 2016 defeat, which am sure was captured by the Kwesi Botwey report, was the general apathy among members of NDC. The party lost the election, because voters in its strong hold, failed to turn up to cast their votes.
I am wrote copiously before the 2016 election, asking whether you still have the 300,000 votes that declared you president in 2012, I want to ask, does the apathy that led to the abysmal performance of the party in 2016, still exist? The answer is a very emphatic yes.
Ghanaians, as you mentioned yourself have short memory. All the government needs to do is to take your advice, admonitions, condemnations in good fate, and make conscious efforts to rectify the problems and by 2020, we will all forget that, things were difficult once upon a time.
In September, Former President Mahama, promised to review the Akufo-Addo government’s policy to provide free Senior High School (SHS) education if elected President in December 2020.
Having analysed the situation, he made a few suggestions that, in my opinion, sound not only immensely reasonable, but also practical.
According to him, a future NDC government will form a high-powered stakeholder committee to have a relook at the policy and its implementation.
This comment was interpreted by the government and the NPP that, John Mahama, will scrap the SHS policy, when he is voted for in 2020.
Addressing delegates of the NDC in Ada last Friday, November 2, to wrap up his five-day campaign tour of the Greater Accra Region, former president Mahama, called on the Akufo-Addo government to fulfill its promises to teacher trainees and nursing students by paying the allowances owed them.
President Akufo-Addo is an astute politician, he has mustered the art of leadership, even if today allowances of students delay in being paid, he will ensure that come 2020, the allowances, will be paid on time. So reminding him now to pay the allowances is to me shooting in the air with no real target.
Akufo-Addo’s saving grace as I stated earlier is that, he has a little over two years to the end of his first term and probably his last. But the chances of the ex-president, will depend largely on how he conducts himself.
He seem to be getting ahead of himself, he will become a broken record if he does not slow down by the time real campaigning starts.
Charity, it is said begins at home, John Mahama, must spend most of his campaign time to preach unity in the party, they are so many people sitting on the fence and are not ready to get their hands dirty, this is the opportune time to bring them on board.
When proper campaign start, he wouldn’t have the time to do that, because he will be hard pressed for time, this is the time to do all the soul-searching and peace.
Former president Mahama, is that beautiful bride that every suitor can’t do without, I am, however, by this article counseling the former president, to calculate well and think well, the things he says on the campaign trail for the flagbearership of the National Democratic Congress, because it could come back to hurt his chances of winning the 2020 election.