Sunday, 18 January 2015

Will Samiah Yaabah Nkrumah Accept Her Historic Duty?

Most discerning and patriotic Ghanaians have now come to the conclusion that the old-style politics that has polarised Ghanaian society must be abandoned - if Ghana is to forge ahead and prosper.

It has become obvious to most Ghanaians that if the purveyors of the old-style politics of mean-spirited partisanship are not sidelined in the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections, they will destabilise the nation and tip it over the precipice.

As we all know, a feature of life in the 4th Republic, has been that during presidential and parliamentary elections, the  National  Democratic Congress (NDC) is often accused by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of underhand tactics in the Volta Region, and the NPP  is also often accused of same in the Ashanti Region by the NDC.

And when either of the two parties is in power, those selfsame extremists actively sabotage the country's collective nation-building effort. For such extremists, political  power is a life and death matter - and if they even have to destroy Mother Ghana in order to come to power, so  be it.

For that reason, extremists in both parties will trade counter-accusations of rigging the elections, after the December 2016 polls close, and the results are declared - and, as sure as day follows night, resort to violence.

Yet, it is the last thing our country needs.  Ghana needs peace and stability after the 2016 elections - to enable the new regime to focus on alleviating poverty and creating the conditions that will enable an entrepreneurial culture to flourish.

That, not dealing with post-election violence, should be the priority of the newly-elected president and his national unity administration, after assuming power on 7th January,  2017.

Ghana must become a low-taxation investment destination with a national economy empowered by  low-interest rates in order to prosper.  The nation needs to remain stable at all costs - which is why we can no longer afford the politics of division and rancour. We must unite and forge ahead as a people with a common destiny.

Above all, we must end the power and influence of the vested interests that profit from high-level corruption - and to which the NDC  and the NPP are both beholden for funding their election campaigns and to fund party expenses. That can only be done if Ghanaians unite.

The historic duty of the followers of Osagyefgo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, in what is  Ghana's hour of need, is to provide leadership that will bring Ghanaians  together in a government of national unity - made up of the most brilliant, honest, selfless and patriotic individuals: from all the political parties in Ghana, as well as individuals from our nation's pool of world-class, apolitical technocrats.

The time has come for Ms. Samiah Yaabah Nkrumah to show her  leadership qualities. She must ensure that a coalition of all the Nkrumahist parties - each of which must maintain its identity - is brought into being as soon as practicable.

The object of that coalition will be to present a credible Nkrumahist presidential ticket for the 2016 presidential election - one that can demonstrate a clear commitment to transparency in party funding and a commitment to publicly publishing the assets of government appointees and their spouses: before their assumption of office  and immediately after their tenures' end.

In that regard, the most electable and most capable follower of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on the political landscape today - at a time when Ghana so desperately needs a transparent and unifying leader who has a solid  track record of creating jobs and substantial wealth - is Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom.

Samiah Yaabah Nkrumah - who must be on the 2016 Nkrumahist presidential ticket with Nduom for the position of vice-president, and to whom the torch of leadership will be handed over in a generational shift in January 2021 - must show leadership by reconciling with Nduom.

It is she who must initiate moves to bring the Convention People's Party (CPP), the Great Consolidated People's Party (GCPP), the People's National Convention (PNC) and the Progressive People's Party (PPP) together in a coalition in which each party maintains its identity.

Nkrumahists will be able to unify Ghana - because they believe in one-nation politics in a united country of diverse-ethnicity in which no tribe is inferior or superior to another: and all ethnic groupings coexist peacefully.

They will succeed in transforming Ghana into an African equivalent of the egalitarian societies of Scandinavia - by focusing on wealth-creation through public private partnerships that empower Ghanaian private-sector entities.

In selecting Nduom, Nkrumahists will be selecting a candidate who in the 2012 presidential election was the only candidate who publicly published his filed tax returns, published the results of his medical check-up to prove he was fit for the rigours of  being president, and also publicly published the source of funding for his party.

He is also apparently committed to publishing the assets of both himself and his wife, before assuming  office as president and immediately after his tenure ends.

A bonus in selecting Nduom as the Nkrumahist coalition's presidential candidate, is that he will be able to fund all the Nkrumahist parties - and enable them to prove to Ghanaians that their coalition is committed to transparent party funding: and free from the iron-grip of vested interests in Ghana.

The question is: will Samiah Yaabah Nkrumah accept her historic duty - and initiate the process of bringing together all the Nkrumahist parties in a coalition to provide Ghana with a government of national unity made up of honest, brilliant and selfless patriots from all the political parties in Ghana, in January 2017?

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