A colleague once told me that when your car gets stuck in the mud, even women will teach you how to drive.
A mushroom called the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), has called on the President, John Dramani Mahama to resign. The question I asked was, if the President resigns who takes over?
Obviously, in the event that the President resigns or fails to discharge his duties as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution, the person to take over is his Vice and in this case, Paa Kwesi Amissah- Arthur, not Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Why am I not surprised by this infantile call from AFAG¸ the late President John Evans Atta Mills, was also asked to resign by this same group for what they termed as non-performance, three years down the line the same dose is being served President Mahama.
The devil, they say finds work for the idle hands. This expression did not mean much to me, because it is often abused and used in the wrong contest until I heard that AFAG, had organized a press conference, not to offer alternatives, but to rather asked that a President, who was legitimately elected by the people of this country to vacate his post.
In 2012, Ghanaians had to make a choice between Nana Addo and President Mahama, they spoke unequivocally and the verdicts was overwhelming,
not even the petition the New Patriotic Party (NPP), filed at the Supreme Court, could overturn the will of the people.
If they want Nana Addo to be President, the Constitution is clear on how to become a President, he must contest and win an election with a mandatory majority, not to have some misguided and overzealous individuals to organize a press conference to demand that the President must
The call was the most audacious and stupid can say and have heard in my young life on earth, if Presidents resign based on the fact that things are not going well, former President John Agyekum Kufuor, would have been the first President in the history of this country to show the way.
When he took over in 2001, we were all in this country and when he exited in 2009, we were all in this country. It is not in my place to say that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will not be in power forever, that is defeating my own conviction, but unfortunately that is becoming a reality.
We will all live by God’s grace to see the coming into office of the NPP, sometimes they make it sound as though when President Kufuor was exiting office, milk and honey was flowing to our homes and we had to queue at the seat of Government for breakfast, lunch and supper.
President Kufuor only made an impact in his second term in office, so why can’t we extend the same patience and time given to Kufuor to find his feet.
Supporters of the NPP are bunch of blind and death, all they know is how wide to open their mouths. The last session President Kufuor had in Parliament, he advocated for the extension in the number of years from four to five. His reason is that the four is not enough for one to achieve much, so why are we expecting President Mahama to wield a magic wand that could change our fortune in two years.
I am not particular happy with the happenings in the country, I think and still believe the President has the capacity to do more, when things get well it does so for all of us regardless of one’s political persuasion, if things go wrong as it is, we are all in the ship. What the Captain need from us is not calling for his head, which the members of AFAG know in their hearts of hearts it won’t happen, but rather the President need our support and encouragement.
This brings me to my next point. A group of Ghanaians who refer to themselves as the middle class on Tuesday July 1, which was a Republic day decided to OcupyFlagStaffHouse. The reason was to bring to the attention of the President, to the current economic challenges in the country. Not that I disagree with them or see something wrong with what they did, but the mischief behind such a protest is what annoys me.
In the first place, this was not a protest by Ghanaians, but by the Akyem forces, who did this for Nana Addo. They should have just told us that this protest was to project Nana Addo. We cannot be fooled by them, we are wide awake and although acknowledge that they are challenges they are not the people to tell us what we know already.
The President, like them is so much concern about the survival and progress of this nation, we are the same people who will cry when certain decisions are taken, like tax increments, yet we turn around to say the President is not doing well.
What excite me is that most of the guys who paraded themselves on Tuesday are also Ministers in the waiting or appointees, should God forbid Nana Addo becomes President. So we live to see, they will also see demonstrations beyond their wildest imagination.
If riff raffs like members of the AFAG, could make mockery of themselves and insult our democracy, a lot was expected from our so-call middle class, who are also business owners and know that it is not always that you meet your target.
2016 is two years away and Ghanaians will have the opportunity once again to renew the mandate of President John Dramani Mahama or vote in another person, that is the power we all have, and we should all exercise it during elections, not after.
This demonstrations, protests and demands for him to resign are not new; President Mills suffered the same fate until he passed onto eternal glory. If is demonstrations what wins elections; Nana Addo will have been referred to as Ex-President.
Nana Addo had earned an enviable position as someone who has demonstrated more than any single individual in this country, perhaps his protégé are taking over from him.
We like our President like that.