I get tetchy when I wake up every morning to the NPP’s raucous call for a new voters’ register based on their wonky claims of a bloated document. This should not be a surprise at all. The Busia-Danquah tradition is very notorious when it comes to election disputes and violence. And I can bet that even if God is appointed the chairman of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, they will never be satisfied with anything accept victory for them in an election; and I will prove it.
Violence were their norm whenever they lost general elections to Dr. Nkrumah’s CPP. It happened in 1951, 1954 and 1956. Interestingly, all these elections were conducted by our British colonial masters. Additionally, they disputed the general elections in 1992, and wrote “The Stolen Verdict.” In 2008, they allegedly attempted to go to court on a weekend to put an injunction on the declaration of the presidential results. In 2012, they made Ghana standstill by subjecting the country to a needless 8-month Supreme Court electoral petition case.
So, you see, when it comes to issues regarding peaceful elections one can never trust the Busia-Danquah tradition. Dr. Charles Wereko Brobby, a leading member of the NPP is alleged to have echoed these concerns sometime ago, “We can’t trust those who took the case to court (petitioners)….You’ve taken a case to court and while it is still on-going, some of them keep shouting we want justice, we want justice…They openly say that they are ready to accept the verdict but behind closed doors, their message is entirely different.”
He ended his direct swipe at the petitioners by summarising their actions as “talking peace but preparing for war”.
A recent purported leaked tape suggests that the biggest opposition party has an interest in stoking the labour union strikes. But their plans seem to have hit a snag, and the fact that doctors have decided to call off their strike must be a source of worry to them.
The NPP risks becoming a victim of its own diabolical intents. It is treading a slippery trajectory, and discerning Ghanaians are watching. They may have had their way in the past, but this time around they have met their match – a wonkish grandson of a Gonja warrior!
Unlike someone who sleeps at all events and very well known for his arrogance and exaggerated self-importance, President Mahama is not sleeping on the job at all, and the possibility that he would be retained in 2016 is very high. This is giving some people sleepless nights.
An Akan proverb says that when you meet someone carrying a pot of water, you can drink as much as you can; but walaahi, when you are not fortunate and meet someone carrying Kuffour gallon full of “apio” then you are in trouble; and that is exactly what is happening to yaanom.
A child destined to die will not survive even if he or she is put under the armpit of the Pope. And I think that is the fate of our friends. Oya, I have to rehearse my gadindim dance steps for the final funeral rites of the Elephant. You can join me now: gadindim-gadem, gadindim-gadem, gadindim-gadem.