By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Folks, just look at these NPP people and their campaign of hot-air blowing: “New voters’ register or not; Mahama must go—NPP”
As reported, “A former Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Peter Mac Manu, has served notice the Mahama administration will be changed in 2016 whether the Electoral Commission compiles a new voters’ register or not. Mr. Mac Manu, who is the leader of Nana Akufo-Addo’s 2016 Campaign Team, made the assertion at the party’s headquarters on Thursday. He was responding to the EC’s position not to create a new voters’ register…
“We also have a special message for President John Mahama and his NDC. Please listen to this message carefully. With or without a new register, your time is up; change is coming. The Ghanaian people cannot wait to get rid of you with their votes. The Ghanaian people are not prepared to have this year’s election stolen from them.
“The Ghanaian people are fed up with the eight years of needless suffering under the NDC. Ghanaians have had enough of your incompetence, corruption and deceit. They have risen to the challenge for change. Ghanaians are ready to protect the ballot at the various polling stations and we the NPP are steady and ready to lead the people on this charge for change”. (See http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/New-voters-register-or-not-Mahama-must-go-NPP-407647).
What again should we tell these NPP people before they stack more on their house of cards to fall flat on them?
Will president Mahama just GO because the NPP people wish so? While President Mahama is connecting with the voters, explaining his government’s performance to them and urging them to be patient and tolerant while it addresses the challenges, these NPP people are busy, goring each other, dismantling their own party’s structures, and blowing hot air all over the place.
Is that how to make President Mahama GO? Is that how to effect the change that they are dreaming of?
Elections are won by those who know how to connect with the voters, not those creating smokescreens behind which they hide to foment trouble;
- not those instigating violence in pursuit of their skewed political ambitions;
- not those offering no particular solution to the problems that they mount rooftops to hammer on as if those problems just cropped up when president Mahama took over the rein;
- not those enjoying the comfort of their perch in the affairs of the NPP;
- not those “doing tricks” with the party’s finances;
- not those who don’t know how to do productive politics and resort to insults and tribal politics.
When will these NPP people stop blowing this hot air and get down to real political business among the electorate?
Now, they know that a new voters register is, after all, not their saviour at the polls? Their kind of “kokompe politics” is beyond ridiculous!!
Why are they back-tracking now on the voters register after doing all they could (including the al-Houdini work of a fictitious Togolese voters register) to have things done their way and failing? After isolating Ewes to be disenfranchised because of their being characterized as “Togolese” by the NPP and its Dr. Bawumia? After failing to give Ghanaians anything on the Ghanaian voters register regarding happenings in neighbouring Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, contrary to what they did about the Togolese one?
Then, just when the EC has begun cleaning up the register, what do we have? The NPP has ordered it to stop, forthwith all internal auditing processes rolled out by the electoral body towards cleaning up the 2012 register of voters ahead of the November elections. Its reason? “Until all parties can satisfy themselves on the modalities and the means by which the so-called internal cleaning is being done.” (See http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/NPP-orders-EC-to-stop-voter-roll-audit-407716).
Just before then, the NPP had expressed alarm at the fact that the EC had discovered multiple registrations of about 200,000 people in the Ashanti Region. (See http://www.myjoyonline.com/politics/2016/January-14th/ecs-claim-of-200000-multiple-registrations-in-ashanti-strange-npp.php).
And now, the harsh tune is that the EC is signing the tune of “a particular political party” whose name Mac Manu couldn’t disclose at the press conference. This kind of paranoia won’t fetch them any political capital. Tweeeeeeeeeeaaaa!
I shall return…
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