Politics in this country is a matter of survival, it is a matter of bread and butter, a lot of charlatans and jobbers are parading around as flagbearers and executives of one political party or another.
Politics in Ghana is now a commercial enterprise, the financial rewards to politicians have taken over the need to build, nature and run a vibrant political parties, meeting the requirements of all our electoral laws.
On Monday, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Madam Charlotte Osei, at a press conference, announced the disqualification of 13 aspirants, out of the 17, who have filed to contest this year’s presidential election.
The 13, have not and are not taking their disqualification lightly, while some are threatening to drag the commission to court, others are insulting and casting aspersions at the woman.
I agree with those with the school of thought that, the numbers were just too many. if only all those individuals seeking to be on the ballot paper, will devote some of their waking hours to meditate about their decisions, I am sure they will come to a firm conclusion that, the EC, has done not only them a favour, but the whole country.
I am one of the many Ghanaians happy at the decision of the Electoral Commission to disqualify as many as 13 individuals; I am excited because I sincerely believe that, their presence on the ballot box, would not make any difference as to the outcome of the December 7, polls.
After going through the list of disqualified aspirants, one shocking revelation was that, three of the four formidable candidates in the lot are individuals, who were once members or even flagbearers of their political traditions.
Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, who is the founder, bankroller, and presidential candidate of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), was once a member of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP). In 2008, he was the flagbearer of the CPP. After falling out with the party, because he wanted full control, he opted instead to form his own political party. He only managed to get a little over 60,000 votes in the 2012 election, now he is convinced that, this time around he will win the election! What a joke.
Dr. Hassan Ayariga, who is also the founder, leader and the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), until last year, was a member of the Peoples National Convention (PNC). He was the party’s presidential candidate for the 2012 election, where he made mockery of our democracy and reduced the relevance and the seriousness the PNC attached to our democracy.
He stood no chance of representing the party again, after the abysmal outing and it was only a matter of time, until he formed his own political party.
In Ghana it is easy to form a political party than a register a company and it is a situation that Madam Charlotte Osei, must try to rectify.
Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, could best be described as a sour loser, against all odds and in being truth to herself and conscience, gave the
National Democratic Congress (NDC) a legacy, history, which the party, will boast of, for ages to come.
For the first time in the fourth republican dispensation, a sitting president was contested for the flagbearership of his political party.
Nana Konadu, suffered a humiliating defeat in the hands of President John Evans Atta Mills in Sunyani. She complained of high-handedness, but as it is typical of African politicians, who always find fault with the process anytime they lose elections, her cry was taken with a pinch of salt.
To get back at the NDC, she formed her own political party, the National Democratic Party (NDP), her first attempt in 2012 failed, because she failed to meet the deadline for filing of nomination forms. This time around a similar fate awaits her, as she was unable to successfully file to contest the December 7, polls.
These three formidable individuals have surrounded themselves with political novices, who do not seem to understand art of politics.
If I was any of the above individuals and if ever they were serious about getting back at their former parties, they will embark on a massive membership drive. . They need something to show to be relevant in Ghana. One way to do that is the number of new members you bring into the party.
Madam Charlotte Osei, in her mind and the minds of other commissioner, they did the right thing, by holding the aspirants to the highest standards expected of someone seeking the highest office of the land, but what they forgot was that, people have invested their time, money and are only counting the days, until they reap the benefit.
Since 1992, none of the smaller political parties have made any significant percentage, in fact after every election, their votes dwindle.
Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, is shouting and threatening mayhem as though, his presence on the ballot paper, will make any difference. In 2008, at a rally at Obra Spot, he had one of the biggest crowds, the outcome of that election, only confirm the widely held notion that, aside the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the rest are just occupying space.
He is deceiving himself into thinking, this year will be different, he should rather be thanking the EC, for saving him the embarrassment that awaits him.
I am telling him right now to perish that thought and rather look to the future, assembling 100 lawyers, who are only after his money and won’t vote for him, should the courts even grant him his relieve, is an exercise in futility.
The EC, should also not be bogged down right now by all the cases against them, the elections cannot be postponed, the courts, will do right by the people of this country and will not give in to the charlatans, who could not get members to endorse their forms.