By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Folks, there is much to laugh over whenever any screaming headline of this sort appears in the news media: “Opposition parties trusted more than Mahama—survey”.
More than necessary times, I have made it clear that those leading the futile anti-Mahama campaign and allowing their narrow political interests to cloud their sense of decency and appropriateness easily betray such wayward interests and come across as pitiable.
I know how the NPP is busily orchestrating moves to persistently undermine President Mahama and mobilize public opinion to create the impression that Ghana has no future under his tenure in office. More wearily, they are by the day unleashing bouts of scare-mongering in the vain hope that it will help them demoralize the citizens for them to become so disaffected as not to want to renew President Mahama’s tenure at Election 2016.
In doing so, they have either resorted to cooking up figures about the economy or using their so-called “economics guru” (Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia) to bandy figures about as if he knows better than those in whose hands the actual management of the economy has been all these years. Bawumia’s current politicking with the Eurobond, which has been aptly described by the government as “delusional” is the latest in the series of the self-deceptive rogue/book politics by the NPP camp.
Hardly have we sat down to exhaust all that flat joke from the NPP’s stables than its appendage, disguised as a civil society group called the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), has come out with another self-beguiling desktop survey to create the impression that President Mahama is no more in reckoning. Just read the lead of the news report carried by Myjoyonline to see things clearly:
“More Ghanaians trust opposition political parties than they trust President John Mahama, according to the latest Afro Barometer survey published today by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD).
Whereas 45 per cent of Ghanaians say they trust opposition political parties, only 40 per cent said they trust President Mahama.
In fact, the President’s trust rating has dropped significantly since he was elected in 2012 by as much as 16 per cent.
According to the survey, 56% of Ghanaians trust the Ghana Armed Forces far more than the President”. (See more at: http://www.myjoyonline.com/politics/2014/December-2nd/opposition-parties-trusted-more-than-mahama-survey.php#sthash.uumY6LkJ.dpuf)
This kind of self-surveying exercise in futility is worse than ridiculous. You can see from the wide field covered by this so-called survey that it isn’t anything scientific to bother one’s head over except as to view it as the latest in the series of the NPP’s stage-managing acts for dramatic effects only. It is just the product of fevered imagination of some people who are chafing in opposition and cannot accept their sorry fate as failed politicians. It is no more funny!!
On what basis will those people trust the opposition? That they are doing what President Mahama and his government cannot do to solve Ghana’s problems? Or that they could have been better administrators? Why are they, then, in opposition and not power? Or that they will be put in power at Election 2016 because they are trusted to perform better? Someone is setting out to outdo the legendary magician, al-Houdini.
What even makes me pooh-pooh this bogus survey is the part that concerns the Ghana Armed Forces. If that percentage of Ghanaians trust the Armed Forces more than they do the President, what impression do those behind this farce of a survey seek to create? That those Ghanaians wish the military rather were in power or that they are yearning for a military intervention in national politics? That the government should be overthrown for the military to rule Ghana?
Do you see, folks, how easily these shameless failed politicians easily betray themselves through such underhand efforts? Not long ago, they (and I mean those failed NPP rogue politicians) were instigating the military to overthrow the government. No one heeded them.
Having realized their bare-faced mischief but not willing to refine their politics, they have now moved into an overdrive to display and confirm their notoriety.
Let Ghanaians trust the opposition more than they do the incumbent President; and by such wishful thinking, PRONTO!! William Nana Addo-Danquah (Dankwa) Akufo-Addo, flagbearer of the Asante-Akyem political cabal called the NPP will be in power!!
How desperate can’t these people be? And desperate people are known for doing “desperate things”. Why are they forcing “the there to be there” when that “there” is not “there” at all for them?
Election 2016 will come and go, and we shall all see whose blood pressure will go skyrocketing again!!
I shall return…
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