Let me begin this piece by joining my fellow well-meaning Ghanaians across all the political divide, in consoling Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, in particular and the other two Petitioners i.e. Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, as well as the entire members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on the dismissal by the nine Member panel of Supreme Justices, the election petition brought before them, seeking to invalidate the Presidency of John Dramani Mahama.
I would also like to commend and congratulate Nana Addo, for accepting the verdict in good faith and asking his supporters to do so, except one man, who has no regard for common sense, decorum, tolerance and he is simply a leaking chamber pot, and here I mean, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, alias Sir John, the General Secretary of the NPP.
He has opened his proboscis again, spewing gibberish and throwing every caution to the wind and insulting the judges and President Mahama. President Mahama’s crime is that he wore white on the day of the verdict; how that is a problem only Sir of Junks could tell us.
Would Nana please, remind him that you attended the funeral of the late Vice-President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama in white apparel. Am I supposed to also read meanings into it, except to say that was what you felt like wearing that day?
Sir John is supposed to be a lawyer, yet he is the first to drag the name of the judiciary in the mud. Men like this can only find their home in
Who would pull the breaks on this man? It is clear to all that Nana Addo could not do it.
I was expecting ex-president John Agyekum Kufuor to do that but unfortunately you know why. in other not to be accused of bigotry, I will prefer not to state the reason.
I have been involved in students’ politics and as such I know the feeling. Losing an election is one of the hardest and painful experiences that one could ever wish for.
I salute you Sir, although I had my reservations about your decision to go to court in the first place, but i believe you have shown maturity, resolve and patriotism. Indeed politics as they say is not a game for the faint hearted; you are a gem in our politics.
I watched you on Thursday, when you delivered your concession speech, and you were your normal self. You have demonstrated to me and many Ghanaians that you are a man. It was one of the best speeches you have ever given. You were the star of last Thursday, after the verdict, if you ask me and I believe many Ghanaians. Your speech was inspiring and reconciliatory, no matter what your overzealous supporters would say, Sir you did the right thing. History will honour you appropriately.
Sir, I have voted for this open communication against my wish, because I do not think I could get the opportunity to meet you in person.
“I am sure there are many people wondering what I envisage for my political future. I intend to take some time out of the hurly burly of politics, get some rest, reflect and then announce whatever decision I come to in the not too distant future”, this is what you said..
With all sense of modesty, as a keen watcher of your brilliant performance and active involvement in politics, since we ushered in the 1992 dispensation, I ought not to have resorted to doing this in public.
However, I am constrained by the absence of a better opportunity or forum for me to have an audience with you due to the exigencies of your office as a former flagbearer, tight security, coupled and in most cases, with the boot lickers who as captured in the book written by Dr.
Arthur Kobena Kennedy, “Chasing The Elephant Into the Bush, Politics of Complacency”, would not allow anybody to get close to you and expose
their lies and block their source of livelihood.
In the light of this, I wish to be understood in the circumstance I have found myself.
Nana, our elders have a saying that if you do not know death, watch sleep.
What I am trying to convey is that I hope and pray that you will not entertain the idea of contesting again in 2016, for unprecedented third time.
Remember, it took President John Dramani Mahama only three month in one of the free and fairest elections this country has ever had to beat you fair and square.
You are a big tree and if you must fall, it must be in the forest. If you dare try in 2016, when John Mahama would have had four years, I am sorry you will be humiliated.
Four days after the verdict, how many phone calls have you received? How many people have lined up to see you this morning? You are no longer relevant in the scheme of things. Welcome to my world, where I don’t mean anything to many people. I am just one of the 24 million Ghanaians.
I am worried about you because after this verdict you will be resigned to the life of solicitude. Your friends, at least those that you think were, will desert you. People will begin to blame you for leading the party into two electoral defeats. I am sure the blame game has started in earnest, but don’t despair that is life, it is said that success has many relatives, but failure is an orphan.
But, did you honestly think, the judges will rule in your favour, when you took the case before them. As a lawyer I know you believe that sometimes it is best to try the status quo, but this had far reaching implication should the bench grant your wish.
First of all, under no circumstance would anybody ever trust in our institutions of State. The Electoral Commission would have been done. Nobody would expect any outcome of any election.
Secondly, there was a tribal angle, Dr. Hilla Liman was the President of The Third Republic, from September 24, 1979 to December 31, 1981, when he was overthrown. He was a Northerner. This is the second time a Northerner had gotten the opportunity to be President and eight months into his administration, you want him to step aside for you to ascend the throne, for what reason, you think the northerners will fold their arms and watch you take away what they legitimately have.
Thirdly, is the political angle, when the court granted some of the reliefs you sought, they ordered for a re-run. What it meant was that they have admitted that the only Institution in this country which can declare a President is the EC and that it is only Ghanaians who can elect their leader, not the Supreme Court, so next time or in your next live, you might heed the advice of Dr. Wereko Brobbey, you do not close the stable when the horse has already bolted.
Fourthly, is the financial angle, we do not have the money to organize a re-run, when the country is begging for development; there are more important things to do with our money than organizing a bi-election.
It is time Nana Addo gives way to a more affable and young man to lead the party.
My money is on Alan Kwawdo Kyeremanteng, a gentleman’s gentleman.