Friday, 21 October 2011

Will Creative Thinking Win President Mills A Second Term?

I have often wondered, whether if a little more creative thinking went on in the highest reaches of the two opposing factions of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), that party's leadership could not satisfy both camps - and unite their confounded party in time for the vital 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections.

Take the issue of corruption, for example. Why not see it as a vote-winning golden opportunity, bar none (instead of a big stick to be beaten with by detractors!), and set up a special anti-corruption task force headed by former President Rawlings, to tackle it head-on?

The idea is that the task force would supervise and coordinate the work of all the various investigative bodies in Ghana - and ensure that the results of their work are assembled together in a coherent and logical manner, to make the prosecution of corrupt officials (from both the Kufuor regime and the current Mills administration) based upon such work, possible.

If that were to happen, would that not effectively ensure that instead of joining those who constantly accuse the Mills regime of being corrupt (without any shred of evidence to back it - as is often the case amongst the mostly-lazy and third-rate individuals who people our media and political worlds) and providing endless ammunition for the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) "Enkoyie" propaganda narrative, ex-President Rawlings would rather concentrate on ensuring that his anti-corruption task-force did its work efficiently and with dispatch?

Furthermore, if President Mills and all his appointees (and their spouses!) were to publicly publish their assets, and state that they will pass a new law that will make such transparent asset-declaration in our oil-producing nation mandatory, should they be returned to power again after December 2012, would that not make the independent-minded and patriotic individuals (the apolitical "floating voters") whose crucial swing-votes wins power for political parties today, in presidential and parliamentary elections, opt for a Mills second-term, as being in the supreme national interest, I ask, dear reader?

The time has now come for the leadership of the NDC to start the preparatory work for the party's battle-plan, which will guide its campaign for the December 2012 elections. They will only win that election if they can out-think and out-manoeuvre the perfidious Kufuor & Co.'s cash-rich NPP.

To do so, they must think creatively, going forward into the future - always coming up with the kind of lateral thinking that puts clear blue water between their party and its political opponents: and win President Mills a second term as Ghana's leader in the December 2012 presidential elections.

Creative thinking ought to be the political equivalent of a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) for the NDC - against an NPP dominated by a few ruthless individuals, and blessed with a long list of super-wealthy financial backers: who made their gargantuan fortunes more or less overnight, during the golden age of business for Kufuor & Co. A word to the wise...

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