Let me commence by acknowledging the services rendered by every leader of any kind to their people. It is right to say leadership is befits the statement ‘between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.’ as said by Viktor E. Frnakl, and I add that where that weights you down becomes your weakness as a leader.
Emphatically, political leadership was born to Champion development anywhere it is practiced. This led to the leadership of contention where that of inheritance is gradually wiping out of the system. Under this contention leadership, it gives opportunity to all interested parties their subordinates to share ideas, get their convictions and practically orient policies that suite the needs of the people both pressing and long term needs. This has been the trend of the Ghanaian politics since the fourth republic which has seen us in the hands of five different presidents.
It’s however surprising to realize that we are gradually moving away from the contention aspect of leadership to a point of counter leadership which is a Democratic military rule since 2012 general elections. This hidden treacherous fact has been in the known to some political parties at the inherent expense of those who saw Democracy as the path to trot.
After the Supreme Court verdict of the 2012 general elections petition, the then presidential candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) said he was not convinced by the outcome but would respect the highest Judicial institution in Ghana.
All Ghanaians can remember the headlines that were made on this matter from the very starting day to the last day of the petition. It’s pretty painful and unfortunate that the NDC thought it was all over for this man who was so desperate and bodily unwilling to die without being called a president.
He quickly started his new chase for the presidency the very day he skeptically accepted defeat to H. E John Dramani Mahama. At the blind side of the NDC and their Government, the NPP knew that controlling the media houses was a key to selling their hatched allegations and it worked. They realized that ‘buying’ some big weights of the ruling Government would pay and it was successful.
The NPP again got it right when they put to action counter or Parallel ruling to then Government where any Government policy was tainted with impure speculations in the face of Ghanaians. This was seen in the allegations the NPP raised on inflation of roads and other infrastructure contracts where the Government was seen as over spending. Fortunately, the infrastructural development was the way to put our taxes through which we can get more income from.
Having achieved their target by finding the NPP into Government, the ruling Government has all the filth they portrayed on the then Government in their minds and know that filthing them with such allegations will easily see them through the exit point. This has made the Government to start acting movies than being real by inter-placing institutions at the expense of the ordinary tax payer to enable them manipulate their way out. They parallel the office of the Special Prosecutor with that of the Ministry of Justice.
What many well enlightened Ghanaians wished for after the creation of the office of the Special Prosecutor was the jailing of the then so acclaimed corrupt officials of the previous Government. Sadly, it appears after three years in office they are still struggling to hold firm to an ant among the NDC Government that mishandled the property of this country.
One important story that have been waited for by expectants like me is the Dr. OPUNI’s fertilizer case in court. The state attorney from the beginning of the case promised to jail Dr OPUNI all in a despair to tarnish the image of a well renowned person. Today, we have seen the Attorney General’s own witness fumbling with his own statements, contradicting himself anytime he is called to court. It is quite surprising that the Attorney General and the NPP Government has failed to learn the story of Joseph in the Bible.
The NPP Government has learnt to retaliate any cough from any angle of the country as a way they think is a smarter way to defend the ruling Government. This is common when the president has turned himself as the special prosecutor or the ministry of justice by clearing his appointees off any complaint of misconduct from his subordinates. This was seen when he the president defended cases of cash for seat closed the president at his fanfare.
Going into the 2020 elections, I am can read in the minds of the NPP and the Government and their plans are evil than in 2016. They are going to be harsh, undiplomatic and ready to go the extra mile to raise more allegations on their main contender.
In response to this, the NDC don’t only need to defend their allegations but to cause the arrest of those that make those allegations for verification as the presidency did to Kwame A-plus. The NDC must step up and let our voice be heard than being diplomatic in nature.
The NPP has lost the hopes of the people when they have failed to fulfill numerous of their cargo full promises. More the less, they have hurriedly implemented some of these promises with deep holes creating burden on individuals and the nation. The check list of failed executed policies include the free SHS tainted with double truck, educational reforms, banking sector reforms which broke the hearts of many.
I end by Calling on the Government to think of the next generation instead of the next elections.
Long live Ghana
Long live development