“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
The clandestine political scuffle in the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is a sickening reminder of how individuals and families take ownership of a political party through politics of might.
After the first United States of America presidential debate between the Democratic contender, Hillary Clinton and her Republican counterpart, Donald Trump, a circular purported to have emanated from the staples of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), made a quite a bit of scare on the social media, to the effect that, the IEA Evening encounter, involving Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has been cancelled.
I was both disappointed and excited, until a day or two later, the IEA, came out with another statement debunking the earlier one.
If the idea was to test public anger and ridicule should Nana Addo, had chickened out after so much anticipation, I am sure the felt a little of what awaits him, should he play any smart one on us.
Let me explain my disappointment as well excitement, I was disappointed because, my anticipation has been cut short, I did not get to hear the man make a mess of himself, Nana Addo, is full of oratory, his phonetics are good, to draw tears from the Queens eyes, but it is always without substance.
I was disappointed because, I was waiting for his last dance, a dance that his people, keep disturbing us about, after his abysmal performance in 2008 and 2012.
I am still holding my score cards close to my chest to see, whether the man still has anything left in him, as in the case of the wine, which gets better with age.
I was excited because, I will be saved the trouble of hearing people ridicule and make fun of his delivery, what new thing was he going to say that, we already don’t know.
Nana Addo, is indeed a fighter, a bad fighter or a good fighter is not in my place to say, he has so much in his belly to take a lot of things, this was an opportunity for him to said adieu to IEA, but no, he chose rather to have them issue a statement, still keeping a date with him.
The IEA, which has already been tagged as a stooge of the NPP, after two failed attempt, still keeps hope that, Nana b3ba, as they say.
The other political parties, which had agreed to be on the platform, have all taken their turn, despite the abysmal performance, we have seen so
The day the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, said he was not appearing, was the day I said, this year’s encounter, was already dead on arrival.
There is no champions league, with Real Madrid or Barcelona, the president took something away from the evening encounter and that is what has given the NPP and its candidate, the audacity and air of space to be making demands and dictating the terms of their appearance.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was to appear in August, September is almost ending and we still don’t know when he is making the appearance.
He is couching a niche for himself for being late to everything, the launch of the manifesto, is still in limbo, because the gods of my hometown, has to send a delegation to plead with Nana, before he will find time to appear before Ghanaians.
The excuse the NPP gave was that, they were not consulted in determining the day, he was to appear and that it conflicted with their campaign programme.
These jokers must give us a break, was Nana Addo’s frequent visits to the United Kingdom part of their campaign programme?
Whether he appears at the Evening encounter or not, President John Dramani Mahama, is going to defeat him, so whatever campaign he is currently
embarking on, will all amount to nothing.
Time is not his friend, he is racing against it, we have a joke that goes like, the slap that is closer to you, you receive it early.
He has joined in the feast of the dead by accepting to partake in the encounter, he must eat till the end.
He can run but he can’t hide, we will hold him for agreeing to take part in the encounter, the dilly-dally, will not help him, it will only expose him as not being serious.
You postpone your manifesto launch because the NDC, will steal your ideas, will they steal your ideas too, when you appear at the IEA Evening Encounter?