The way and manner the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been conducting itself in the race for the 2016 presidential election, tends towards a zero-sum goal – It’s either we win or everybody loses!
What we saw in the run-up to the 2012 elections and what happened after that was just a curtain raiser. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Presidential candidate of the NPP, made his intentions too early in the day, when he declared his “all-die-be-die” “yen akanfo” mantra.
He has unleashed a lot of invectives and displayed attitudes not fit of a Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, but as unassuming and unpredictable as Ghanaians are, we led him on, thinking he was the most sought after person to lead them.
When he embarked upon his various tours that him took across the breadth and length of this country, many thought he had learnt the problems of the country and could profess better solutions, but it was not to be and although Nana Addo knows every nook and cranny of this country, the country does not know him. The country must know and accept you before you can lead it, that is what Nana Addo has failed to learn in his chosen career.
I have had cause to blame or even curse History. And some people asked ‘Why’. I often argue that the man (History) is unconscionably wicked for permitting no one to learn from him. We were in this country when many people, advised the late President John Evans Atta Mills to step down after one term and take care of his health, many of his followers felt that was bad call and so they urged him on, until the good Lord, his maker took him away.
President Mills will probably have been alive today, had he heeded the call of people to step down and take care of himself. Why is history so wicked?
“Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” asks the Holy Book. We all often talk about the vicissitudes of life. We say life is full of ups and downs. You cannot have all the ‘ups’ without any ‘downs’. No way. And we are religious in this country. There is no Scripture that says you will always have everything in life going on fine for you. That is not God! You have always won, now if you lose the Presidency, what is the big deal about that? Is that not itself the lesson of life?
You win some, you lose some, but in the end you become a better person.
Nana Addo, have had it all, he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, the father was a ceremonial President under Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia in the Second Republic, he had the best education from Ghana to the United Kingdom and then to France. He had a safe passage growing up, his name carried him everywhere, doors were opened for him, until he became his own man. Despite his educational qualification from the University of Ghana (UG), Legon, his father made sure he climb to the top of the ladder.
As a lawyer, he has achieved everything any up and coming lawyer will ever dream of. His cases has been captured in the Ghana Law Review, he has handled high profile cases both in Ghana, Africa and other parts of the world.
Arguably, he is one of the best lawyers this country has ever had. I had reason and actually called for the examination mentally of all those who questioned Nana Addo’s legal background. I thought it was completely uncalled for and unnecessary, politics should not blind us to see the good in others.
Many people are either lawyers or are in law school today, because Nana Addo inspires them and they look up to him as a role model.
In politics, God has rewarded your efforts in our march towards the restoration of democracy. You have been at the forefront of the struggle to introduce multi-party democracy. Three times a Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa South Constituency in the Eastern Region. A Minister of Justice and Attorney -General and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the John Agyekum Kufuor government, thrice flagbearer of the largest opposition party, what more could a man ask for?
Nana Addo, should seize this opportunity by the forelock and step aside for a younger person to lead the NPP, it is never too late to do the right thing.
President Mills died in July 2012, President John Dramani Mahama, had only three months to campaign and yet won the 2012 election. He won by a margin of more than 300,000 votes. A day is a long time in politics, between now and 2016 is a long time for Nana Addo to allow the NPP to choose a new person.
Sir, you are standing on the threshold of history, this is once-in-a-life-time opportunity. You win some, you lose some, but in the end you become a better person.