The President, John Dramani Mahama, stirred the honest nest, when he called for a debate between himself and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Monkeys, they say play by sizes and so the President picked his size, when the challenge was thrown to Nana Addo, instead of the presidential candidates of the other smaller opposition parties.
The Presidential candidate of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, who has disappointed everybody, but himself, did not take kindly to the president’s apparent disregard to his existence, he as usual took the bait, which was directed at someone else.
The most troubling glimpse into Dr. Nduom’s mind, came when he rather asked the President to debate him, instead of Nana Addo.
This statement was both in character and disappointing and it defines the man, Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom.
Dr. Nduom, if he really believes in himself, he does not need to imprint himself in our minds. He is not a neophyte in politics; he has, unlike many of our leaders gone through the mill to get to the position, where he now owns a political party, like a football team, from an Assemblyman to a Member of Parliament (MP), as well as when President John Agyekum Kufuor, graciously made him a Minister.
I do not know what strategy he used to get to the top, but he is coming across as a parasite, who feeds off other people, if anything is clear from what he and his party has done, it is that, they don’t lead, but rather follow. Some few examples will suffice to buttress my point.
Come with me.
When the President, John Dramani Mahama, in February delivered the State of the Nations Address (SONA), the NPP, through its flagbearer, for some inexplicable reasons, also set out to deliver what they termed; the Real State of the Nation Address.
Although, I disagree and strongly object to the charade of the NPP, what shocked me was the stance taking by Dr. Nduom and his PPP.
Like ‘Konongo kaya’ , Nduom, will not carry, neither will he allow someone to carry. To my surprise, and disappointment, Nduom, did not see anything good in what Nana Addo, said, or what his views are, about what the President said, in his constitutionally mandated SONA, he chose rather to condemn Nana Addo.
The man always finds his voice, when a lot of water, passes under the bridge; he is always talking after the fact.
Nduom, must learn to take the lead, he must set the pace, this last minute attempts for relevance is symptomatic of someone with no message and purpose, he can best be described as an opportunist.
He does not need to walk in the shadows of President Mahama, and Nana Addo, if they is the possibility of any third force in the impending elections, I can bet my last pesewa on PPP, but their effort from cementing their place in our politics, is a far cry from reality, if they continue on this ‘catching up’ attitude.
What astonished me was, Dr. Nduom, and his PPP’s claim that, the NPP, has stolen their idea of electing Metropolitan and Municipal District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
Is this the best way to sell their party and candidate and appeal to voters, who seem disenchanted and disillusioned by the actions or lack of it of the two dominant political parties?
Later revelations showed that, former President John Agyekum Kufuor, had proposed this idea, as far back as 2000 and beside it is an ongoing debate, so why claim ownership of it.
The latest and lame request for President Mahama to debate Nduom, instead of Nana Addo, is the last straw that convinced me that, the party is not serious.
They had the audacity and the presence of mind to issue a statement on it, when they are many pressing issues confronting the nation.
Both the President and Nana Addo, have sent messages of condolence and support to our neigbours, Cote D’ivoire, over the barbaric and terrorists act that took place over the weekend at a beach claiming lives.
The PPP, as usual has not found it worth their time to at least behave as the laggards, they have proven to be to issue a statement, after the President and Nana Addo, has done so.
They are waiting to latch on something the President and Nana Addo, will say. Riding on the back of the President to market Nduom, is not as annoying as doing that, on the back of Nana Addo, who is also an opposition leader as you.
Dr. Nduom, is very desperate for recognition, to him every decision he takes is business, how much he gains in monetary terms, have always informed his actions.
From the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), when he failed to mortgage the party to the highest bidder and back then the NPP, he formed his own political party, the one that will be at his beck and call.
When he went to file his tax returns, a move that was not borne out of conscience and the need to do the right thing, except he wanted to use it to score political points, he asked the same of President Mahama and Nana Addo.
When I saw the news I asked myself is Dr, Nduom now a tax collector and is he genuine about the move?
I asked these questions because, every Ghanaian, who engages in one business or another or is employed, is expected by law to file his or her tax returns.
It is not a novelty, and so I was surprised when Dr. Nduom, had to make capital out of this obligation. If he has no message and purpose for putting himself up for the top position of the land, he better quit.
If it is for money, relevance and leverage, then I wish him luck. Soon, rather than later, the veil covering his face, will fall off and everybody will see him for who and what he is.