After Sunday’s Super Delegate’s Congress of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), it has now become obvious that Dr. Konadu Apraku, has no place in the political future of the party, his past had no bearing on any election both internal or external, for him I can confidently say the die is cast.
In fact, he was the first candidate to publicly declare his intention to contest for the flagbearership of the party for the 2016 election, when he met members of TEIN in Kumasi, but when the vote was cast and counted, he was not even among the top five to go into the National Delegate’s Congress, schedule for October 18, 2014.
As the dust settles on the aftermath of the Super delegate’s congress, memories of the grueling and hard fought campaigns have already started fading from the faces of those who were shown that in the scheme of things of the party, they have no locus. And as we witness the end of one chapter and the beginning of another, the question, I want to ask is, what is the future of Dr. Konadu Apraku in the party?
Losing at anything in life is always very difficult and losing in politics is bound to be even tougher being that it takes place on a very public platform. But even beside the publicity involved, the reality of any campaign is that a large sum of money must have gone into supporting that campaign. Therefore, apart from the public let-down in addition to a bruised ego at the thought of being beaten by a rival, the loss of an election carries with it the loss of a fortune as well. The combined loss of so much must be very hard to come to terms with.
What makes it worse for Dr. Apraku is that he has proven overtime that he is not politically savvy, and the thought of another humiliating defeat at the hands of a political colossus, like Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who he has contested before in the 2007 at the Legon Congress, as well as new comers like Addai Nimoh, and Joe Ghartey, who were contesting for the first time, should give the man sleepless night till after the 2016 election. .
What went wrong for Dr. Apraku? The answer to this question will be left to political pundits to answer in the future.
A little down memory lane on Dr. Apraku must suffice to help our readers understand how far he has come, but has hardly moved. He seems to be doing one step forward and several steps backwards.
Dr. Apraku in 1997, declared his intention for the first time to contest to lead the party into the 2000 election, but he stepped down and threw his weight behind candidate John Agyekum Kufuor, who won that Congress beating his arch and longtime rival, Nana Addo, John Kufuor went on to win the 2000 election, defeating the late President, John Evans Atta Mills.
When President Kufuor took over the reins of office in 2000, as many had expected because he was the Ranking Member on Finance, he was appointed the Minister of Trade and Industry.
Prior to the 2004 election, it was rumoured that Dr. Apraku was lasing his boots to contest President Kufuor for the flagbearership of the party, he was prevailed upon to rescind his decision, and so it came as no surprise to many that when President Kufuor won the 2004 election and begun announcing the names of his Ministers, Dr. Apraku’s name at the last count was missing, it took the intervention of some party bigwigs, including the late Prof. Adu Boahene, for President Kufuor to create a non-functional portfolio, as Minister for New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Regional Integration for the man who wanted to challenge him.
In 2007, Dr. Apraku was among the 17 who contested in what some have described as the beauty contest to elect a flagbearer for the 2008 election, in that election surprisingly Dr. Apraku, who was reported to have met the Delegates at his residence a night to the Congress, got a disappointing 14, it was telling on his face watching him on the stage that day, he could not believe the figure he got.
As an astute politician and someone I have come to admire so much, I thought that was enough lesson for him, to understand and appreciate the fact that it is not everything that we desire that must come to pass.
2014 and the story is far worse than it started, they is never a happy ending for the man who never abandoned his slang long when he came to this country. As a former Member of Parliament and a Minister of State, his disappointing and abysmal outing at the Special Delegates Congress cannot be ignored, it needs serious analysis and evaluation.
When Nana Addo, won in the 2007 primaries, Dr. Apraku was made the Campaign Co-ordinator, he led the 2008 election campaign of Nana Addo. Putting all these together, the man, had the opportunity to tour the country and interact with both the delegates of his party and Ghanaians, yet anytime it matters most, he is usually nowhere to be found.
How is it that despite all his experience and the privilege to serve both his party and the country, in various capacities and having traversed the nook and cranny of this country, Dr. Apraku could not convince even 30 members of his party?
The signs were on the wall long before the ballot papers were printed that Nana Addo Dankwa was the man of the moment for the party, but to thrash his opponent by such a margin nobody contemplated it.
Dr. Apraku has failed as a politician for Addai Nimoh and Joe Ghartey to beat him when this was their first shot at the national stage, is something that not many expected. In my mind’s eye, I predicted Dr. Apraku to be in the first five, but I was wrong.
I am only thinking aloud ooh, won’t Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten, also saved himself from the impending humiliation on October 18, and earn some political mileage in the future?