The old man of Ghanaian politics, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who does not believe his own lies, is disturbing Ghanaians with his pathetic life story and his story of sainthood all in his quest to become the first gentleman of the land.
Since 2007, he has succeeded in buying the minds and hearts of members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), in both the 2008 and 2012 elections; he tried unsuccessfully to woo Ghanaians into believing that he was the best man for the job.
He went to the extent of image shopping spree, a different life story was told, a documentary done by Jefferson Sackey, oh sorry Doc, Dr. Jefferson Sackey, that has never happened before since we ushered in the 1992 Constitutional dispensation, but all that could not convince Ghanaians to give him the mandate.
He has a last dance to stage his comeback in 2016, and it is looking pretty obvious although the October 18, National Delegates’ Congress of the party, will decide, he is way ahead of his other two contenders, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten and MP, Addai Nimo, for me he is the Presidential candidate of the NPP.
Nana Addo, last week opened a Pandoras Box that some of us have been contemplating about since 2001, he said loosely what many of us have been struggling to find the right words and time and whether or not anybody will believe us.
For emphasis I want to quote him, “I am not in politics to fill my pockets, to enrich myself or my family or to steal your money. That’s not why I am in politics,” he stressed, adding I am in politics because I have a vision and a dream of what this country can be and I want to work to make that dream possible. I am asking you to give me the opportunity, support me. Where it is necessary to criticize me, do not hesitate, point out when things are going wrong. Give me your positive enthusiasm and let’s go forward together. We can make it and make Ghana truly the Black Star of Africa,” he said.
An overzealous Nana Addo said he is not in politics for money, by implication and inference what Nana Addo is telling Ghanaians is that former President John Agyekum Kufuor, was a corrupt leader.
There is a saying that when fish comes out of the water to tell you that crocodile is dead, who you to doubt it are. The recent comment of Nana Addo speaks volumes. Ordinarily, we could not sweep such a statement under the carpet and treat it with contempt, but Nana Addo is just not anybody.
This is a man who was an integral part of the NPP administration; first as a Minister of Justice and Attorney General and later the Minister of Foreign Affairs; he is also a founding father of the party, for him to come out to tell us that former President Kufuor was corrupt is a food for thought.
As far as I am concern, every President we have had since Independence has been accused of one act of corruption or another. All these while not a single evidence has been adduced to support all the allegations, except the perception of that will be with us even if Jesus Christ or Prophet Mohammed (SAW), become the Presidents of this country.
Nana Addo knows something that we do not know, as lawyer of good standing and without mincing words one of the best we have in this country, he will not allege without proof. Ex-President Kufuor is one of the richest men we have in this country, Harruna Esseku, a former Chairman of the NPP, alleged that the seat of government, the Castle was where kick-backs were received; this is a very responsible citizen, who will not make a statement on a whim.
Former President Kufuor himself in Cape Coast, the capital of the Central Region, also alluded to the corruption going on in his government and his own involvement when he said that corruption started from Adam, and that he always had to pinch himself as a reminder not to accept bribe.
Nana Addo, did not work with former President, Jerry John Rawlings, neither with the late Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, or current President, John Dramani Mahama, so he cannot accuse them of any complicity, except to allege for reasons of politics.
He has indicted his party member and so far the most successful leader of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition, i.e. John Agyekum Kufuor.
Does Nana Addo believe his own lies when he said he was not going to be corrupt? I doubt whether he will win the election for us to even know, after all the sweetness of the pudding is in the eating.
For the purpose of argument, let us assume that Nana Addo should God forbid becomes President, how does he hope to pay all the people who have invested in his lavish and expensive campaign since 2007.
All those who donated money, motorbikes, pick-ups, Land cruisers towards his campaigns are not Father Christmas.
Monies has been borrowed to run a smooth and effective campaigns, all these people will be on your neck Sir, so if care is not taken, you will be the most corrupt President in the history of this country.
The problem in the party, the apparent endorsements, which are often choreographed and stage managed, is so that they buy a favor today for payment tomorrow. If I was Nana Addo, I will be thinking of how to satisfy and meet the expectation of all party members, who are all beside themselves to ensure that he leads the party into the 2016 election come rain or shine.
All the noises and the show of love is because they feel and why not that Nana Addo, will be third time lucky. So if he is getting any ideas that he is loved, he should think again.
People have invested so much in him and will breadth down his neck to pay them back, these includes even drug barons, who are alleged to have donated both cash and logistics to his campaign.
In the interest of brevity, Nana Addo must tell Ghanaians in plain language that President Kufuor was corrupt.
Nana Addo can lie as he wants Ghanaians to believe, but Ghanaians are wide awake.