Thursday, 28 May 2015

Is Trying To Oust Paul Afoko And Kwabena Adjapong Akin To Cutting Off The NPP's Nose To Spite Its Face?

If the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) chairperson, Mr. Paul Afoko, and its general secretary, Mr. Kwabena Adjapong, were malleable individuals who could be easily manipulated, the current crisis in the party would never have occurred.

The opponents of Afoko and Adjapong in the NPP who attempted to oust them from their positions miscalculated badly.

Clearly, with the benefit of hindsight, those seeking to control the machinery of state in a Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo presidency, would never have struck, if they had had the slightest inkling that trying to oust Paul Afoko and Kwabena Adjapong would bring about a crisis of such magnitude - particularly one that threatens what they believed (to a man) until a few days ago was certain victory for the party's presidential candidate in the 2016 presidential election.

Now their dream appears to have been shattered. In addition to their latest error of judgment, in trying to oust Paul Afoko and Kwabena Adjapong, sabotaging the nation-building effort for political gain, in order to win power for the NPP, was never a wise move. How can anyone cause suffering on a massive scale amongst the citizenry and expect that Providence will allow him or her to win power in Ghana? How, daft.

The attempt to force the chairperson and general secretary of a party that claims to be a champion of individual liberties and a bastion of democracy, out of the positions they were freely elected to, is tantamount to cutting off the party's nose to spite its face.

Those behind it must not escape censure. It is abominable and unpardonable that  they were callous enough to exploit a heinous crime that resulted in the murder of Alhaji Adams Mahama (may whose soul rest in peace) to achieve the end they have sought since Paul Afoko and Kwabena Adjapong were elected to their respective positions.

It is time that small cabal of insufferable individuals and bad-faith politicians, who think that they have a divine right to rule Ghana, and therefore resort to Machiavellian tactics at every turn with impunity, whenever they do not have their way - including losing elections - were themselves thrown out of the NPP.

Where is tolerance in all this? Democracy is not just about institutions of state and their relationships with each other, as defined by constitutions. It is also a way of life based on tolerance, is it not?

Alas, one gets the unfortunate impression that there are far too many intolerant individuals in the NPP of today. Pity.

As an old  wag I know put it: "Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo is a good man who is blessed with many brilliant family members. His curse is that a few of his blood relatives think that they were born to rule Ghana - and therefore see his quest for the presidency as a family enterprise that will make that happen for them: which they must therefore control."

Is that the elephant in the room that no one in the NPP is willing to talk about openly, one wonders?

If the old wag is right in what he says about Nana Addo's extended family clan, then the aforesaid few blood-relatives of Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo and their allies in the party, must not be allowed to continue causing confusion in the NPP from the shadows.

What they and their party allies seek to do, in trying to engineer the ouster of Paul Afoko and Kwabena Adjapong, by "remote control", amounts to cutting off the party's nose to spite its face. It is the height of madness.

The top echelons of the NPP would be far better off remaining united - with the same national executive council team that was  in place before the passing away of Alhaji Adams Mahama being kept in office: and seeing out their individual mandates. The NPP must not cut off its nose to spite its face.

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