The buzz in town and especially among the New Patriotic Party (NPP) faithful is that Nana Akufo-Addo is coming to town, after weeks of being away on vacation in the United Kingdom (UK).
I would not blame Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo for accepting to run again for the third time, because a lot of his party Executives across the regions, have prevailed upon him to do so, thinking that he could be third time lucky. What they forget is that he is going to contest someone who took just three months to beat him, in an election that many pundit have said, is the freest and fairest election we have had, since we ushered in the 1992 dispensation. If you doubt me ask the Christian Council of Ghana, who also joined only last week in praising Ghanaians and the Electoral Commission for organizing a credible election.
I once read somewhere that “whoever the people themselves asks to lead was duty bound to accept the invitation”.
It was only Jesus Christ whom we read rejected,” all the kingdoms of the world and its glory”, when it was offered to him on a platter of gold. Obviously, Christ is no hero to Nana Addo, I guess.
However, after all the “Nana Addo, Nana Addo will you contest again”? And after all the “I leave it to God,” the chickens have come home to roost.
After losing two humiliating presidential elections in succession i.e. in 2008 and 2012, Nana Addo, must now pause and ask himself; should I carry on?
The decision whether to carry on is Nana Addo’s to make. But he should conscientiously examine himself and answer this question: is his performance so far the best he has got to offer the NPP the presidency? Life is greater than just being President.
Even against all odds and political watchers, the late President, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, went ahead to beat Nana Addo in 2008, in an election many believed Nana Addo should have won. It means the man was not cut for the presidency. Arguably, he is the one of the best legal brains we have around, his legacy at the Bar, will live after he is dead and gone, but to be president, prudence has no place for him in our
There are articles making the rounds and commentaries of the return of the man of peace and vision. How that conclusion was made is something that is still difficult for me to comprehend, because he has not exhibited any iota of that. We have a unique way of playing with words, that I grant Ghanaians.
We can ascribe some accolades to our heroes, but that should come close to a semblance of truth. Nana Addo, a man of peace and vision? Is the person living in a different world?
Have we soon forgotten the eight months of psychological trauma this man put the nation through, just to satisfy his ego. For the first time, the nation marshaled its state security apparatus to ensure that nothing untoward happened on the day of August 29.
The Embassy of the United States of America (USA), issued a statement warning its citizens to stay away from certain institutions and open places, because they could not guarantee what we could do as a people.
On August 29, the nation was quiet, market women stayed away from the market, because judgement was going to be delivered, so where from this phony man of peace title.
Are we talking about the all-die-be-die, yen akanfo man or somebody else?
I saw a poster of Sammi Awuku, on one of the social networking sites, precisely facebook, where it is captured as a slogan “Boys Abre, Girls Abre”. What was left out is the fact that “GRANDFATHER BI N’SO ABR3”, to wit girls are tired, boys are tired, and I say a certain grandfather is also tired.
I could not help it, but say thank you to Sammi Awuku for finally given credence to the view many people have held about the fact that some people are tired and must give way to fresh limbs to serve the party and the nation.
Delegates of the NPP have a date with destiny, how they vote when that day comes will determine whether their party has a future or not. They should know that President John Dramani Mahama will finish his two terms of four years in 2020. The NPP need to start marketing someone ahead of the 2020 elections, if not they will present a relatively unknown person in 2020 and will likely lose again.
Not everybody can become a president and Nana Addo knows that. I hope he will listen to Sammi Awuku when he said, Boys abre, girls abre. They are tired of not giving them electoral victory. They are tired of playing second fiddle.
The only way the party is hopeful of coming back to power is when an affable personality like Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten is elected to represent the party in future elections.
Nana Addo is a tried horse, but not tested. A president in a wheel chair, tofiakwa!
Nana Addo owes a duty to himself, his family, his party and the nation to not listen to people like Jake Obestebi Lamptey, the party chairman, who is pushing him to go again, because his fortunes of retaining his chairmanship slot is tired to the aprons of Nana Addo.