When you bend down to look at somebody’s buttocks, remember you also expose your buttocks to people behind you. This admonition never really made sense to me, until recently when members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), declared war on each other.
The fight has just begun; the crescendo will be after the Supreme Court declares its verdict in favour of President John Dramani Mahama.
Every right thinking human being will know that there is no way the status quo will be disturbed. The only consolation will be suggestions of reforms, which will need parliamentary approval. So I hope that no NPP member is nursing any idea of celebrating victory.
The petitioners, three senior members of the party; Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, the 2012 presidential candidate, his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumiah, and Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey, the party Chairman, went to the Supreme Court to seek two specific declaratory reliefs (i) that John Dramani Mahama was not validly elected President of the Republic of Ghana and (ii) that Nana Akufo-Addo was rather validly elected President of the Republic of Ghana, in addition they pray the court for any consequential Orders as the court may please.
This was done so that the NPP can once again have a taste of power. Unfortunately for the petitioners and their supporters this court case has become the waterloo for finally chasing the elephant further into the bush.
Things are falling apart as the centre can no longer hold.
Before I get to the aspect about the war, let look at the backlash arising out of the court case. The NPP has been the biggest causality, since the case started and since the Justices of the Supreme Court issued the borderline or the final warning to politicians and commentators to watch what they say to avoid being cited for contempt.
Isn’t it intriguing and surprising that the people who are in court, are the same people talking more than everybody. Sammy ‘womafu’ Awuku, a Deputy Communication Director of the party made history when he was the first person to be cited for contempt of court in the ongoing court case.
He appeared before the Justices with his tails in-between his legs. He accused them (Justices) of being hypocritical for singling out Daily Guide for misleading reportage.
He was given the opportunity to tell the whole world how mighty he was, but he soberly apologized and was told to go and sin no more, but this is without telling him not to come to the court room again.
Then entered the sympathizer Ken ‘Opete’ Kuranchie, Managing Editor of the Daily Searchlight, who wanted to cry more than the bereaved. After the Supreme Court invited Sammy Awuku, Ken thought the Justices erred and so he wanted to put them right. He wrote an article and chastised them, questioning their neutrality and actually supporting what Mr Awuku had said.
He got seven days jolly ride around the country, from one prison to another.
Nobody, certainly not even a week old baby will forget the triumphant entry of the Sir of Junks, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, who is now called the ‘Gbeshi man’ and the General Secretary of the NPP, as well as a member of the Young Patriot, Hopeson Adorye.
Sir John, who himself a lawyer, was humiliated together with Hopeson Adorye and fined GH¢5000 and GH¢2000 respectively.
Dr. Charles Wereko, a founding member of the party, after Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, gave his evidence-in-chief and after cross-examination by the Lawyers of the Respondents, namely, Tastsu Tsikata, Tony Lithur and Quarshie Idun, came to the conclusion that Dr. Bawumia was a bad witness.
No sooner had he settled down to explain what he meant by that than the hawks in his party descended on him, he was insulted, vilified, attacked and given the marching orders out of the party.
Sir John’s comment and subsequent fined by the Supreme Court, opened old wound in the party that fails to heal.
Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe, who have always spoken his mind regardless of who’s axed is gored, suggested that Sir John should either resign or be sacked from his position for bringing the name of the party in disrepute.
Dr. Arthur Kobena Kennedy, the prodigal son of the party and the author of “Chasing the Elephant Into the Bush, Politics Of Complacency”, also came in strongly to defend Sir John, saying if Nana Addo was not sanctioned for saying ‘All-die-be-die’, why single out Sir John.
Since then, these three gentlemen have been white washed with insults and threats.
Wereko-Brobbey Is A “Stomach” Politician…Only Interested In “Small Chops” From Paymasters— Nana Obiri Boahene
If he (Dr. Wereko Brobbey) feels his comments will help the party, he should go on. As for some of us, will ignore him like a plague—Ursula ‘Radio MP’ Owusu
God Will Deal With Arthur K, Nyaho And Tarzan – Otiko Djaba. This is, but few headlines that made the news after Sir John’s visit to the Supreme Court.
Even Lawyer Ayiko Otoo, who ensured that Sir John and Adorye escaped jail term, was not spared the vitriolic by people who think they know more than everybody. He was showed where he belongs as far as the party was concern.
The fun part is yet to come, when the chips of the Supreme Court verdict finally falls and the NPP will have to start electing Executives to lead the party for another defeat in 2016.
When Dr. Kwawdo Afari Djan told them to go to court, I am sure on hindsight they would be regretting taking his advice. It was a trap and they fell for it.
A once United Party is now more divided than ever. Until somebody owns up and takes over the party, I am afraid history will not forgive the current crop of leaders the party has.