Poor Bawumiah Is Being Sacrificed
A centipede has one hundred legs. That is what it claims. The claim won the acceptance of nearly every animal in the verdant forest, giving her the benefit of an unspoken doubt.
All of the different animals believed her, save one group. All of the animals were deceived, except for the shrewd and perceptive Tortoise.
When the Centipede pranced around the market square with a foul pretentiousness, singing “Look at the wonderful me, and my one hundred legs,” the Tortoise yelled out, “Turn yourself over so that we, your kindred, may count your legs.” The Centipede was shocked, and then angered by the Tortoise challenge. She knew she could not maintain her façade, so she ran away and became silent for a period of time.
“jon, jon” he went like a zombie into the witness box and was referred to as the star witness. What he did not know was that like a sheep he was being led to the slaughter house. Now that the chips are fallen where they should, he looks like a lost child in need of parenting or a child whose candies were taken from him and so he blames everybody except himself.
How could he be that naïve, is something I am trying very difficult to comprehend. This is someone with a Post Honorary Degree (PHD).
I know by now you will be wondering who I am talking about. He is no other person than the Ghallywood actor of the year, the new star on the block, Dr. Mahmadu Bawumiah.
Experienced politicians who have had the benefit of witnessing and participating in elections since the second Republic have all stayed away from being put in the dock to answer questions of alleged voting irregularities, they themselves have brought against the Electoral Commission (EC) and President John Dramani Mahama before the Supreme Court.
The 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had been in the forefront of the struggle for the restoration of democracy, and not a spectator but an active participant, since the second Republic.
Aside that, he is one of the legal luminaries this country has ever produced, he has mentored most of the lawyers who are making waves in this country and blazing the trail. By the way if I may ask, where is Yoni Kulendu. Is he not supposed to be part of Nana Addo’s legal team, since he mentored him.
So if there was one person best positioned and suited as a star witness in a matter that has the potential to either make or break this country, he (Nana Addo) should have been the Star Witness.
Or is it that he is too short to be noticed in the witness box or too old to go through the rigorous cross-examination?
Nana Addo has always been on an ego trip, and the fact that this case is a landmark case, wouldn’t it have been prudent and appropriate for him to complete writing his autobiography, as far as politics in this country is concerned by mounting the dock? That would have been the icing on the cake for him.
Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey, the third petitioner and the National Chairman of the NPP, claims he won both the 2000 and the 2004 elections for former President John Agyekum Kufuor.
Although ex-president Kufuor has angrily disputed this ludicrous claim, the former President is vindicated by the results of the 2012 elections an evidence of the lack of merit in his claims. I now believe John Kufuor won both elections on the basis of his own strength.
Jake refers to himself as a “Strategist” in his biography written by John Westwood. He has been in politics long enough to even want to be President. When he (Jake) also contested among other 16 people in 2007 for the flagbearership slot of the NPP. Why was he not made the star witness beats my imagination.
Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, also known as Napo, and Member of Parliament (MP), for Manhyia South in the Ashanti Region, was the Director of Elections for the NPP in the just ended elections. His role was the supervision and the deployment of polling station agents across the length and breadth of the country. He receives first hand reports of what happens at the various polling stations and collation centers; he in turn forwards it to the flagbearer and all those who matter in the scheme of things.
The question is where was he? was he even been at the Supreme Court to lend his support to the petitioners? From all indication, it seems he is not interested in the court case because the petitioners have no case. He should if Nana Addo and Jake were not in a position to be star witnesses, be the lead witness, not Dr. Bawumiah.
Dr. Bawumiah is of a different stock and breed; to them he does not belong to their stock, so his humiliation will not in any way be of any significant damage to them and the party.
In politics calculation is very important; you need to be tactful when you want to put yourself up for any assignment of national character.
His performance in the witness box is laughable and regrettable to say the least.
The petition filed the three leading members of the NPP can be liken to the story of two women in the bible who were fighting over the motherhood of a child. One of the women agreed to the suggestion or ruling by the chief that the baby be divided into two, while the other woman begged for the life of the child.
The NPP are not challenging the results and conduct of elections at polling stations where Nana Addo won, but rather where John Mahama won. They are praying the court to take over four million votes from John Mahama because that will inure to their benefit, because they were over-voting by one or two votes in certain polling stations. Like the wicked woman in the bible, because her baby is dead, she does not mind killing the baby of the other woman. This could best be described as selective amnesia.