By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Now, back to Akufo-Addo and his lackluster political mobilization efforts. We have observed how the NPP is fixated on opening external branches and making noise as if there is much to gain from them. The reality that Akufo-Addo and his team are running away from is that the NPP’s structures at the national, regional, constituency, and unit levels are tattered. They aren’t as vibrant as they used to be. Instead of reactivating these structures and using them for good, Akufo-Addo and his henchmen are more interested in dealing with international branches of the party, apparently to secure funds. If the internal organs aren’t dormant, who will reach out to the electorate for Akufo-Addo’s good? The truth here is that the NPP’s structures are dormant, which explains why the division in the house is pushing Akufo-Addo and his team toward mere technicalities regarding the voters register and their focus on empty criticisms of the Mahama-led administration.
LACK OF CONVINCING CAMAPIGN MESSAGES
We now turn to the lack of any cogent and consistent workable campaign message. The Akufo-Addo team has nothing to offer Ghanaians. Their tendency to gush out promises to do what they perceive as “gray areas” in the lives of Ghanaians has waned. For Election 2012, Akufo-Addo’s promise to institutionalize a fee-free senior high school education turned out to be a double-edged sword that cut him to size. The voters saw through that smokescreen. What he and his team have for Election 2016 is weak. No talk of restoring allowances to trainee nurses and teachers will earn them any support. Or levelling the field in terms of religious affiliation. Desperation at its peak!!
So, in the absence of the easy-way-out, what do they have? Nothing except scare-mongering, using Dr. Bawumiah’s skewed analysis of the Ghanaian economy as a gateway. He has so far succeeded in dredging up nothing but animosity toward himself and a negative for the NPP. Talk about his lies and use of religious extremism and you can see the extreme desperation facing Akufo-Addo. In twisting facts to serve the NPP’s narrow-minded political interests, Dr. Bawumia has left ugly traces behind to cause disaffection.
The mistaken belief here is that hammering on those concoctions and alarming Ghanaians about the failures of the Mahama-led administration could translate into votes at the polls. Not true. From the reaction of people in areas so far visited by President Mahama on his “Accounting to the people” tour, evidence exists that the government has won the hearts of the people. If the NPP isn’t scared stiff by that evidence to misplace its priorities, what else will make its Akufo-Addo fall back on the age factor to attempt redeeming himself? The “fratricide” in the NPP ranks with the active support of Akufo-Addo is scary. Too bad for these people!!
Folks, there is a lot more to talk about; but we will end it here to say that the NPP’s Akufo-Addo is still at sea. He doesn’t seem to know how the tide is flowing, which is why he is talking about irrelevant issues and putting himself on the spot at the wrong time. We acknowledge the fact that age is important in human affairs because human life is finite. When the time comes for one to lose it all, it happens in a flash. In our Ghanaian situation, old age has its advantages and demerits. If in old age the individual isn’t perceived as doing or offering anything better than what has been known about him/her in earlier times, no amount of witchery or prayer can change public attitude toward that person. In political terms, it is a serious matter, especially when an appeal to the conscience of voters is the only way for one to know one’s fate at the polls.
Akufo-Addo needs to know rightaway that the problems that his flagbearership of the NPP have caused thus far and the fact that he hasn’t yet proved to be a different person that he was when he lost Elections 2008 and 2012 will largely inform the voters’ electoral decisions on November 7.
Unless the chameleon in him changes colour to appear otherwise, he still remains what he has been all these years. Will he continue to peg his chances on the age factor? Only when he is ready to lose again. And I will be more than happy for him to lose again because he still doesn’t get it that he is not the preferred candidate of the voters. In truth, the NDC has more supporters than the NPP does, which explains why it is easy to predict that the NPP cannot outdo it on its own, all by itself. It will need the support of the other political parties and floating voters; but that support won’t be automatically given if the one leading the NPP scares the voters.
For Akufo-Addo, whatever may be his main headache, it is obvious that his age will be one niggling impediment. But beyond it are the real issues that will inform the decisions that the voters will make at Election 2016. If he still thinks that his age is the deciding factor, he will be deceived. In any case, age is not what he has any control over. The other factors militating against him are. And those factors are changeable. Does he have the capacity to change them for his own good? Not that I wish any good for him in the elections, though.
I shall return…
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