One is contesting for the National Chairman, after being the General Secretary, whiles the other, for the position of the General Secretary, after also serving as a policy analyst for a party, whose policy no one seems to know.
They can tickle themselves to laughter and think that this so-called merger, which has remained a mirage or an illusion since 1992, when we ushered in the democratic dispensation, will simply come to reality, because of who or what.
Before I continue this epistle, I would like to ask a very important question, imagine either Bernard Mornah or Atik Mohammed at the polls in 2016, will they vote for their presidential candidate?
I asked this question, because anytime they get the opportunity to sit on radio, which they do because of their perceived biases towards the two largest political parties, they never use the free airtime given them to propagate the policies and the message of their party, the People’s National Convention (PNC), and what Ghanaians stand to benefit, should they make the mistake of voting for them, it is obvious that they do the bidding of other political parties.
A report carried by the Daily Graphic captioned, “PNC, CPP To Present Common Candidates For Presidential, Parliamentary Elections In 2016” read that “The Convention People’s Party (CPP) and the People’s National Convention (PNC), have resolved to regroup and constitute one formidable and invincible Nkrumaist party to prosecute the agenda to win the 2016 general election”.
The story continued that “in line with this, they have signed and agreed to constitute all elected executive officers of the two parties to organize one national congress to elect national officers to steer the affairs of both parties.
A similar national congress will be organized to elect a presidential candidate.
Details of these processes will be determined by a joint electoral committee of both parties”. So Bernard Mornah, will not become the Chairman of PNC, so will Atik Mohammed, not becoming the General Secretary after all, am I reading right.
How many times haven’t we heard of this proposals, most often it is always dead on arrival. This is another talk shop that will not get anywhere.
It is funny really, thinking that officers of the PNC, will cede their positions to those from the CPP and vice-versa, I did not have the inkling to read the whole story, because they is no motivation. These two political parties, in order to still remain relevant, always will put out a story about a purported merger, it only ends up pulling them apart.
The story continued
“The laudable initiatives reached between the parties were disclosed to the Daily Graphic by the general secretaries of the PNC and the CPP, Mr Bernard Mornah and Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, respectively, in an exclusive interview in Accra on Saturday.
According to the two leading members of the PNC and the CPP, agreements were reached at a closed-door meeting attended by the two party chairmen, Ms Samia Nkrumah of the CPP and Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan of the PNC.
Also in attendance were Mr Greenstreet and Mr Mornah”.
How can these four people, who are aligned to either NDC or NPP, sit in a room and reach an agreement, expecting other members to follow.
Let take a look at some of the leading lights in both PNC and CPP and how they have behaved over the years.
Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr
A very respected member of the inky fraternity, he is one, who has inspired many of us to join the media, his voice carries weight, he was also at the forefront for the restoration of multi-party democracy, a born CPP, but as he claims, he is a pragmatic supporter of the NPP. He has never hidden his views about his father’s party, he has publicly said that he was never going to vote for the party in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. He is an avowed defender of the NPP, he never appears on any programme and is introduced as representing the CPP, what a shame. You must be new in town not to know how and who he will vote for come 2016 presidential election. To think that such a meeting did not involve him, means NPP, will continue to have his attention and vote.
Kwesi Pratt Jnr
Also a born CPP, but now sympathetic to the course of the NDC, he appears on radio from Monday to Saturday, yet he is not introduced as a member of the CPP, but as the Managing Editor of the Insight. Kwesi Pratt, like his colleague also has a voice that resonates with many people in this country, if for nothing at all, they are all sticklers of principles. Kwesi Pratt is always fighting and arguing with members of the NPP on radio. He hardly talks about his party, sad indeed. The Fanti caucus and his relationship with the late President John Evans Atta Mills, sometimes betray him. His express opinion should have been sought before deciding on this merger.
Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan
I do not need a soothsayer to tell me who Alhaji Ramadan will vote in 2016. For now he is the Chairman of the PNC, although he is not seeking re-election, because of a promise made to him by Nana Addo. His daughter is married to the running mate of the NPP. Who in his position and in their right sense, will waste their votes on a candidate they very well know, will not win. Alhaji Ramadan, will certainly vote for the NPP and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The PNC and CPP, can even go and bring Mr Kofi Annan, it won’t get them even five percent of the votes, these two traditions were dead the very day they decided to go their separate ways, it is too late in the day for any salvation.
The list of how leading members of the CPP and PNC, have sacrificed their parties on the altar of comfort and convenience, is endless.
Whoever is lucky, however, to emerge as their presidential candidate, although I doubt whether the merger is even possible, considering recent history, will be inheriting two damaged political parties.
For all those who are already jubilating about the prospects of a merger or putting forward a common candidate, I will say, they must exercise cautious optimism.