Where is Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Director of Elections?


The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, his running mate, Dr. Mahmoud Bawumiah and the party Chairman, Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey have filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the legitimacy of President John Dramani Mahama.

Since Dr. Kwadwo Afari Djan announced the results of the 2012 general elections, the NPP commenced a number of actions to discredit the outcome of the elections, among which is the formation of the group known as Let My Vote Count Alliance.

The members of this have embarked on a number of demonstrations across the major cities of the country, ostensibly to lampoon the Supreme Court Justices to rule in their favour.

We all respect the rule of law as well as the independence of the Judiciary, and we believe that they have the capacity to decide on a case brought before them, and that they would dispense justice without fear or favour regardless of who is involved.

This is why some of us are disturbed about the actions of these young men and women, who are the future leaders of this country, that would come back to haunt them in the future.

Is it in their place to allow any vote to count or it is now in the bosom of the Supreme Court Justices?

When the NPP espoused the attributes of Nana Addo, which has being touted as the reasons why Ghanaians should vote for him, for example his selfless dedication to the struggle to restore multi-party democracy, no where do we hear them say he took part in destabilizing any form of democracy or a President who is duly elected by the people.

Are these lads following in his (Nana Addo’s) foot prints or they are charting their own path?

I hope that when the likes of Sammy ‘Womafunu’ Awuku, Titus ‘irrational’ Glover, Omane ‘nincompoop’ Wadie, Ursula ‘Vuvuzela’ Owusu, Owusu ‘Billy Goat’ Bempah, Kwabena’Drunkard’ Bomfeh, aka Kabila etc, are called upon one day to defend, justify or rationalize their actions today, will they be able to do so?

Whatever you sow today, so shall you reap tomorrow. They should remember that the day of reckoning would come.

When the noises begun after the elections about the alleged rigging or irregularities, as I am not clear about the demands of the NPP, one person who has sunk into political oblivion is Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, known as Napo and a Member of Parliament for Manhyia.

The first reaction that comes to mind is, he lost his Dad not too long ago and so must be mourning. But even before the demise of his father Napo had already thrown in the towel and had chosen to stay off the senseless and baseless court action embarked upon by the leadership of the NPP.

He saw the light early, and so took an early shower from their actions.

As the director of elections, he was supposed to co-ordinate all the activities of the elections and should be in a position to articulate the concerns of the party, with accurate and concise figures, but Napo has chosen to keep quiet, leaving the matter in the hands of the likes of Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, aka Sir John the General Secretary of the party, who is more confused than the average supporter of the party, Nana Akomea Director of Communication, who would not stop insulting and casting aspersions at his opponents and explain the issue, Sammy Awuku, a young man who is giving away his future to Nana Addo, who is a spent force in contemporary politics and Ursula Owusu, a new Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma West, who has a permanent defect of character which no circumstance can repair or improve.

Like the proverbial elder, they chose to walk into the village square with corn cobs tied to their waste and inadvertently have made themselves a playmate of fowls. Let them continue their macabre dance in the market square. That is their palaver.

What Ghanaians demand of the Supreme Court Justices is fairness, to put the stability and cohesion of the country above any interest of one single individual or group of people.

So, are any of these lads helping the party? The answer is a big no. That is why some of us are surprised that Napo would also keep to himself. He should come out of his hiding and help clarify the issues.

A figure of 1.3 million, to 1.9 million to now 4.6 million is quite ridiculous to say the least, and I am just being charitable to them. If not how can you even suggest that 4.6 million votes were added to that of President John Mahama.

Does that include my vote, if yes; let me remind them that I voted for John Mahama, so it must count for him. Does that include the vote of Randy Abbey, Alfred Ogbame, and many like them who would have voted for Nana Addo had he contested the late President John Evans Atta Mills. May his soul and the soul of the departed rest in perfect peace.

I know Napo is also interested in leading the party in the near future, so would do everything to ensure that Nana Addo’s influence in the party is watered down. That dream is only possible if Nana Addo does not win the election and his court case becomes a nine day wonder, which it is anyway.

So is Napo happy, about the outcome of the elections, I guess yes. If the allegations of voter irregularities are anything to go by, then it means Napo failed in his duties.

If the vigilance that was required at the polling stations on voting day was absent then the Director of Election performed abysmally and failed woefully.

But if he did rise to the occasion, then what is means is that his silence only tell us one thing and that is he does not believe in the actions taken by the flagbearer, his vice-Presidential candidate and the party Chairman and so does not want to be seen or heard talking about a lost case.

I only hope Titus Glover, who only won his seat by three votes, would rather concentrate and direct his energy into doing something good for his constituents and the likes of Sammy Awuku, Ursula Owusu and others would learn something from the silence posture of Napo.

What happened is bad for the albatross (Nana Addo, Dr. Bawumiah and Jake) but good for Napo.

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