In the memo signed by the Central Regional Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, we learn that the quite decent sum of GHȻ 100,000 (One-Hundred-Thousand Cedis) is being made available to each and every constituency in the Central Region, to be used by party executives to bus and mobilize make-believe crowds in order to hype up or serve as a boost to the fast fizzling Mahama / Opoku-Agyemang 2020 Presidential Election Campaign.
What this means is that the leadership of the National Democratic Congress, both in the Central Region and at the National Headquarters, are prepared to spend the ballpark figure or sum of GHȻ 2.3 Million just to pretend to the global Ghanaian public that Candidate John “SADA-SUBAH” Dramani Mahama could not have made a better selection of a running-mate with the former Mahama-appointed Education Minister who robbed Teacher Trainees of their age-old allowances, callously forcing them to take up high-interest student loans, even as Naana Opoku-Agyemang packed up her own adult children with handsome scholarship packages for graduate studies abroad, in the United States, to be precise, while the man who virulently fought Nana Akufo-Addo on the latter’s progressive, auspicious and visionary fee-free Senior High School Policy Initiative shipped out his adult children into voluntary and comfortable exile in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Now, let’s talk about “Akyem Mafia,” “Sakawa,” “Witch-Hunting” and double standards. The strategy of crowd-buying, crowd-purchasing or crowdsourcing is obviously designed to preemptively make a badly losing National Democratic Congress appear to have been robbed of its victory in an election in which the party is highly likely to set a historical record in electioneering or general election defeat. But, really, the executive operatives of the House-of-Cards that Chairman Rawlings built have absolutely no other face-saving alternative than their present stratagem. Which, of course, is no strategy at all but abject self-deception.
“Comrade” Kojo Quansah, that is the title or honorific with which he signs off on his memo, then adds, as his fifth and final bullet point: “All adjoining constituencies [to those that Candidate Opoku-Agyemang will be visiting or touring] are also required to mobilize as many as possible party supporters to the constituencies of her visit.” Then in bolded letters, the brazen and hawkish NDC’s regional scribe writes: “Please treat this [memo] with the urgency it deserves in order to send a very strong signal to the public that Central Region is ready to vote for NDC.”
This memo could not be more insulting to the intelligence of the people of the Central Region, two of whose most prominent citizens, namely, the late President John Evans Atta-Mills and Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, were treated with utter and inexcusable disdain not only by the National Executive Operatives of the National Democratic Congress but by Candidate John “The Witch-Hunter” Dramani Mahama as well. In the case of the late President Atta-Mills, the man who lifted Little Dramani from retirement and virtual obscurity in the yam and potato fields of Bole-Bamboi, in the Akufo-Addo-created Savannah Region, to the Vice-Presidency and, ultimately, the highest office of the land, that is, the Presidency, the prime beneficiary of such rarefied generosity scandalously accused Prof. Atta-Mills of having disdainfully treated Little Dramani as a mere “Presidential Spare-Tire.”
Among the Akan, we have a maxim that runs as follows: “I have bought and gifted my neighbor a platter of salt, only to be rewarded with alligator peppers.” In the equally tragic and inexcusable case of Mr. Amissah-Arthur, a former substantive Governor of the country’s central treasury, the Bank of Ghana, to hear the dead man’s own widow tearfully and emotionally testify at Mr. Amissah-Arthur’s funeral, the latter had been afforded a typical Mahama Clan royal treatment by being promptly demoted to the subhuman portfolio of the family poodle. It is very likely that if Paa Kwesi had known beforehand what was really in store for him, when he left his quite decent Governor’s job at the Bank of Ghana, that he would shortly be made the yam and potato farmer’s son’s poodle, he almost certainly would not have accepted such a tar-baby-like infra-dig position at Jubilee House.
We are even told by Mr. Alban SK Bagbin, the National Democratic Congress’ Biggest Cheese in Parliament and Member of Parliament for Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency, in the Upper-West Region, that it was actually a Mahama Presidential Staffer who had been given the post of Vice-President of Ghana. The person in question, Mr. Bagbin further tells Ghanaians, had actually been crowned as the De Facto President of the Sovereign Democratic Republic of Ghana. The interesting thing about this butterball bully, who shall remain anonymous, at least for the nonce, is that the person in question had been hired officially as Communications Director of the Mahama Presidency.
What is equally scandalous is the fact that another Fanti native, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the quondam Education Minister, who unwisely collaborated with Little Dramani to scam and extort our Nurse and Teacher Trainees of their long-established professional training allowances, would also step up to the proverbial plate to be used as a Mahama water-girl or chambermaid. There is something equally outrageous and indescribably repugnant about the scapegoating of Naana Opoku-Agyemang as the chambermaid of the Mahama household and clan. And it is the fact that it is the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast’s sexuality as a woman that is being obscenely hawked by Little “The Pimp” Dramani, in hopes of winning undeserved sympathy from Ghanaian women voters. The tragicomedy here is that Little Dramani has no enviable political track-record as a women’s resource developer. All the more to be pitied, isn’t it?
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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
September 21, 2020
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