After a very successful campaign launch by the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in the Central regional capital, Cape Coast, a very jittery New Patriotic Party (NPP), have decided to shoot the campaign launch down by focusing on an innocuous statement made by the Youth and Sports Minister.
Nii Lantey Vanderpuiye, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Odododiodio, was quoted as saying that, “being a president is not about height, or how short you are. It is not about the eyeglasses you wear. Being a president is about the love you have for the people and realising what they need. It is about deciding to sacrifice yourself to make life better for all.”
The minister, did not mention anybody’s name, but like Bob Marley said, who the cap fit, let them wear it.
The NPP, have taken him on by making a political capital out of it and asking short people, not to vote for the NDC.
Let us assume without admitting that, Nii Lantey’s comments was directed at Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the flagbearer of the NPP, the question we want to ask is, was it an insult?
Since when did describing someone, has become an insult. We have all at one time in our lives, written ‘myself’ before, at what point does saying you are short become a matter that, should unnerve people?
If the minister, had made reference to a deformity associated with someone, i.e. physically impaired, deaf or dumb, or physically challenged that would have been considered an insult, but to simple say, someone is short, even religiously it is allowed.
How his statement could be construed to mean anything, other than a political statement, which could mean, Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, Dr. Edward Mahama, is mind boggling
Nana Addo is not the only short man running for the presidency, the NPP rate him so much, it is beginning to sound more annoying.
If they think what Nii Lntey said, fits his head, he is free to wear it.