Attention Prez Mahama: Ignore the NPP-affiliated Danquah Institute and Take your Time To....
7/28/2012 4:35:50 PM -
Irrespective of what the likes of Nana Akomea, John Ndebugiri and the NPP-affiliated Danquah Institute think about the NDC's strategically swift nomination of the Vice-cum-President John Dramani Mahama as its flagbearer for the December 2012 elections, Nana Akuffo Addo still remains an opposition leader.
And, I personally don't see him winning the 2012 Presidential elections. If he does manage it, he'll be the worst President ever. He isn't qualified for it. He isn't. He lacks a number of leadership qualities; calmness of speech, civilized dignity, and isn't the sort of guy who could make a good President.
Back to the NPP-Danquah Institute's onslaught on the NDC Government and proverbial attempt at scoring a few, not above board, political points: what's wrong about their concerns? A lot.
First things firsta few days ago, Nana Akomea commenced the weak attacks by criticizing the NDC's decision to nominate a flag bearer so early amidst the mourning of the late President Mills. Even though he's entitled to his opinions, I was amused at his apparent lack of political calmness and poor oratory skillshis Ostrich-like head in sand approach to political commentary smacks of acute immaturity.
With five months left for elections, would the NPP do a different thing if it was the party in power? 'Yes,' Nana Akomea will probably answer. I'll ignore him.
John Ndebugri, another noted member of the opposition NPP, also commented on such a topicsetting the stage for the Danquah Institute's self-serving interpretation of the Constitution's take on the nomination of a Vice-President in a case such as the one we are experiencing currently.
According to Ndebugri and the Danquah Institute; according to their gargantuan legal knowledge and self-serving interpretation of a few clauses which talked about the swearing in of a Vice-President into the actual presidential position and the subsequent nomination of a candidate for the position of Vice-President, President John D. Mahama should have nominated such a person within two or three days 'upon assuming office.'
'Upon assuming office,' according to the Danquah Institute: 'means just that, upon assuming office. It should not be stretched to mean days or weeks upon assuming office. Under the current circumstances, to stretch it beyond a week would create an unnecessary sense of indecision on the part of the new Head of State and behind-the-scenes power struggle.'
What in John Law's name are these legal brains talking about?! Should the phrase 'upon assuming office' then be contracted into meaning 'a few minutes or hours after being sworn in?'
Without thinking much about it, President Mahama should quickly cough-up an-incompetent-nearest-person-available to appoint as his Vice-President?
While the Constitutions calls on the President to nominate a Vice-Presidnet; it does not, categorically and clearly, place any time limits on him. Of course, "upon assuming office' can be translated as swiftly but should it be taken as meaning two or three days? Will just the nearest person be okay?
Mother Ghana deserves a competent Vice-President. She does. "Take your time and select such a candidate, Mr. President, and let it be a woman from Mills' home region, please?