Monday, 1 May 2017

Is The NDC Brand Damaged Beyond Repair?

Is the National Democratic Congress (NDC)  a brand damaged beyond repair, one wonders?

These days when one listens to the criticisms of the Akufo-Addo administration by some of the NDC's leading members that is the question that one often ponders over.

Apparently, a photograph of President Akufo-Addo in a recent Flagstaff House meeting with Gambia's President Adama Barrow, showed the Ghana flag hung the wrong way, in the background. It was quickly pounced on by some NDC members for propaganda purposes.

Yet, not too long after that photograph of President Akufo-Addo and Adama Barrow started being circulated on social media platforms, a similar photograph with the Ghana flag also hung the wrong way in the background,  was put online - this time the president then in power was President Mahama: in a Flagstaff House meeting with a visiting European Union (EU) official.

In the intervening period between the appearance on social media platforms of the two photographs of President Akufo-Addo and President Mahama with the Ghana flag hung the wrong way in the background, in each case, some leading figures in the NDC were cock a hoop - with some of them, including Hannah Serwah Tetteh, incredibly, being reported as saying the photograph was symbolic of the chaos in the Akufo-Addo administration. What chaos?

The NDC's leading lights are going to have to be a tad more creative in how they plot their return to power again. They must do better  than just  resorting to  knee-jerk reactions to percieved slip-ups by the present regime of the kind witnessed thus far. In President Akufo-Addo they have a formidable political opponent.

In case it escapes the NDC's leading lights,  virtually all of Ghana is praying to God to ensure that President Akufo-Addo  succeeds: for the whole nation's sake. And for their information Akufo-Addo will make a far better president than President Kufuor ever was.

Only greed and high-level corruption by his blood relations will derail President Akufo-Addo's administration. Nothing else will. And the NDC must not count on any egregious acts of corruption being committed by his blood relations any time soon.

Hannah Serwah Tetteh is unquestionably one of the few truly world-class individuals in our nation's political class. Yet, even she became infected  by the virus that destroyed the Mahama presidency and made the NDC become unelectable: hubris.

For example, in view of the gravity of what the so-called Montie 3 said on Montie FM during the Mahama era, who would have thought that Hannah Serwah Tetteh would ever feel obliged to sign a petition calling for President Mahama to pardon  those highly irresponsible individuals sentenced to prison for a mere three months by a judge for contempt? It could have been worse.

Amazingly, those three genuises went on the airwaves of an Accra-based radio station, Montie FM, on the very  day the 30th anniversary of the deaths of three judges and an ex-military officer - murdered in cold blood and whose bodies were partially burnt to stop them from being identified - was being marked by the nation to make the reprehensible comments that eventually led to their being jailed for contempt.

The plain truth, is that today, the NDC's brand is so badly damaged that if the decent and fair-minded high profile members left in the party don't act in unison to  weed out all the corrupt individuals whose egregious acts of omission and
commission  led to Martin Amidu labelling the Mahama administration  a 'looter government',  they will never return to power again in  the 4th Republic.

Above all, if the decent individuals - such as Zenator Rawlings & Co  - left in the NDC  are wise they would hitch their wagons to the civil society movement now demanding good governance and a well-managed economy as a matter of course from their nation's ruling elites, such as OccupyGhana.

Unfortunately for them, the considerable baggage carried on the now mothballed Mahama-era NDC gravy train's first class carriages by the Baba Kamaras, the Baba Jamals, the Stan Dogbes, the Ibrahim Adams, the Dzifa Attivors, the Selassie Ibrahims, the Victoria Hammahs and their ilk, might very well have damaged the NDC brand beyond repair. Pity.
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