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16.01.2022 Feature Article

What Serious Political Parties Do and/or aim for

What Serious Political Parties Do andor aim for
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I have followed other more politically significant incidents regarding the suspension of some executive operatives of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), both when the party was in and out of government. So, I fully appreciate the extremely negative toll that such sanctions can and do exact on the totality of the operations of the NPP. There is no need to cite or name any striking cases in point, except to significantly observe that the recent call by the Bono Regional Council of Elders for the revocation of the suspension of Mr. Maxwell Mahama, the Sunyani-East Communications Officer of the New Patriotic Party, is perfectly in order and politically the soundest thing to do, since party leaders, including Mr. Kwame Baffoe – aka Abronye DC – are in perfect agreement that the purpose or purposes for which Mr. Mahama was suspended from his duties have since long and effectively been resolved (See “Revoke Suspension of Our Communications Officer – NPP Council of Elders” Modernghana.com 12/30/21).

In the afore-referenced news report, we are informed that Mr. Mahama was suspended in March for what was then alleged to be gross misconduct. No further details are provided readers at this time, obviously because the problem has already been definitively resolved; plus, the fact that whoever is interested in availing themselves of the details of the same may be able to readily do so via an easily accessible Google search. I have personally not done so yet and not inclined to doing so, at least not at the time of this writing. At any rate, for me, what appears to be of utmost importance is the fact that it apparently took nearly a whole year to effectively put matters to rest or let the metaphorical sleeping dogs lie or be as they are. You see, in politics, a year could make a great heck of a difference between a seismic victory and crushing defeat. It also goes without saying that all hands are direly needed on deck, as it were, especially vis-à-vis the membership of the New Patriotic Party’s Communications Team.

This is the one most significant and sensitive sector where the NPP has been perennially not been up to speed or snuff, as it were. So, I am quite elated that the Bono Regional Council of Elders has deemed it to be very necessary to allow Mr. Mahama the chance to fully participate in the daily activities of the party. Hopefully, more expeditious means will be devised, going forth, for the prompt and thorough resolution of intraparty grievances and/or problems wherever they may crop up. This pressing need well appears to have informed the decision by Mr. Frank Musa Damtari, the Sunyani-East Constituency Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, earlier on, to call on the local authorities of the party to speedily and amicably iron out any issues pertaining to the allegedly gross misconduct of Mr. Mahama “in the supreme interest of the party.”

It goes without saying that the NPP has been needlessly buffeted by too many internal wranglings and problems, the prompt and expeditious resolution of which would have served the party in good stead, and would definitely have saved Ghana’s largest, most progressive and most visionary establishment from what Mr. Bernard Antwi-Boasiako – aka Chairman Wontumi – the Asante Regional Chairman of the NPP, eloquently and recently described as the needless delays in the resonant political success story of the party. Which is also a good reason why Mr. Damtari ought to be commended for promptly calling for the amicable and definitive resolution of the Maxwell Mahama impasse.

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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD

English Department, SUNY-Nassau

Garden City, New York

December 31, 2021

E-mail: [email protected]

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