Akufo-Addo got votes to be president and now cares less about Ghanaians

Feature Article Akufo-Addo got votes to be president and now cares less about Ghanaians
JAN 19, 2024 LISTEN

As an experienced Politician and will soon be a statesman to quietly offer crucial advice on national issues, it is unfathomable to hear President Akufo-Addo making unpresidential and divisive public pronouncements on neglecting some sections of Ghanaians because they did not vote for him, his preferred Parliamentary candidate or the NPP Party at large.

What is even more surprising is that Mr. President was not at a political rally to speak to only NPP members. He rather chose to be ‘honest’ and told traditional leaders from Ekumfi that he took his eyes off their constituency in terms of development due to their rejection of his Parliamentary candidate and voted for the NDC Parliamentary candidate instead in the last 2020 general elections.

There have been many instances where President Akufo-Addo became ‘honest’ again and told the chiefs and people of the Volta Region that he did them an honour by coming to Mepe, one of the hardly hit communities by the human-made flood disaster because they didn't vote for him and the NPP. This was obviously not a joke and obviously not a political forum for Mr. President to say politically massaged messages to please his audience. This was a serious man-made Akosombo Dam flood disaster situation for crying out loud!

In a similar vein, a ‘big’ chief in the Volta Region expressed his frustration regarding the deterioration of a Mahama-built E-block despite numerous attempts to draw the attention of the Education Minister, Dr. Edutwum to it. President Akufo-Addo surprisingly and sarcastically asked the said chief and people in the Volta Region to go ahead and renovate the E-block. This was obviously not a joke too.

In one of the public events in Accra too, President Akufo-Addo angrily ordered the Greater Accra Regional Minister to tell a chief to stand up for the National anthem and showed utter disrespect to the institution of our traditional chieftaincy system.

A few rhetorical questions arise in my mind for our rumination after recounting some of these unfortunate instances stated above when Mr President took Ghanaians for a ride since he needs no votes from them again:

  • If President Akufo-Addo was vying for re-election this year, would he have talked the way he did in these circumstances?
  • Should Mr. President be reminded that, to be a President, all Ghanaians need to share the national cake and prosperity equally, irrespective of political affiliation?
  • Has President Akufo-Addo know that he belongs to a Party that will want votes from Ghanaians to be in Parliament and after him try to win political power again?
  • Lastly, what kind of legacy does President Akufo-Addo wants to leave behind after his constitutional terms expire on December 7, 2024?

You see, when a fish begins to spoil, it starts from its head! The defeat or rot of the NPP Party is starting right from the head, the President to the rest of its members.

The current happenings in the NPP e.g. departure of Alan Kyeremanteng from the NPP, and sacking of leading members of the 'Butterfly Movement' as well as the uneasy calm within the national executives of the NPP Party show that its leadership from President Akufo-Addo, Dr. Bawumia and Party executives are losing touch with the unpleasant reality on ground, which is reflective of their poor performance in government and looming defeat in the upcoming General elections.

Leadership is about rendering service to the subjects who put you there in the first place but not lording over them!