Kofi Dubai: Leading From Behind
It is less than 80 days to the Presidential elections. Do you get the sense that I, His Excellency Kofi Dubai, am in a comfortable lead? Well, I hope you do because I am in a comfortable lead. I have hit on a winning formula which I shall let you in on towards the end of this open letter.
The campaign started as a “mission impossible”. Truth be told, the administration of Nana Opana and Dr, Prophet has indeed shown that the phrase “We have the men” was not a mere boastful phrase. Some of their achievements used to give me sleepless nights:
- Keeping the lights on
- Digitization of government services
- No Child Left Behind
- Planting for Food and Jobs
- National Builders Corps
- Arrears of NHIS reduced from 12 months to 3 months
- One District, One Factory (As we say in Ghana, “like joke, like joke, they are doing the impossible”)
- Covid 19 subsidies ( Water, Electricity, expanded School Feeding Program)
- Banking sector clean-up (all those who fell victim to “sakawa” banking practices during the time of my administration are getting their deposits back in full. Can you believe that, Dear Reader?)
- National ID Project
- Medical Drone Services
So, Dear Reader, you can appreciate why my come-back mission seemed like a kamikaze mission.
Until a few weeks ago, it all seemed like a contest of records in office: 4 years of Kofi Dubai and 3 ½ years of Nana Opana. Dear Reader, that seemed like a “father and son affair”, apologies to Professor Azumah Nelson. Even my much-touted “unprecedented infrastructure development”, ably supported by that colourful Book, had become no match for the Tracker of the government of Nana Opana.
Dear Reader, I am happy to inform you that the tide has now turned. Now it has become a contest of Manifesto promises (not records in office). That was the opening I was waiting for. Now, I am on Home ground...no longer on Away ground.
My favourite proverb now is an Akan proverb that says “Sɛ wo de wa no dɔ nwerɛ aa, e bi nwɔ wo”. That translates into English as: “one who daydreams about weeding a thorny field has no fear of being pricked by thorns”. Some have asked if it is ethical to promise one’s way into office. To that, I say, “All Lie be Lie”.
Your Next President,
G. Adu Gyimah
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