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02.03.2009 Feature Article


Fortunately and unfortunately, we have a party that is spinning its own tail and chasing its own ghost in the wilderness. This Party that originated from the UGCC is still struggling to place itself in the Ghana's political arena. It's all because of the way we do business with ourselves.

Elitism has been with NPP from its creation. It seems to say most of the people in the NPP party has some type of Title. Lawyer this, doctor that and all kinds for nothing good degrees. This is a party I really love, but we need to change the way we do business. J.B. Danquah,K.A Busia and Dombo these selfless leaders probably turning in their graves like hell. These leaders chose quality over materialism instead, we are choosing inferiority and materialism over quality.

The old concept of wait at the back of the the line till your turn needs to be changed. The popularity contest also needs to be somehow changed.This is a party that puts quality candidates at the back of the line just because they just got in the party. The quality of the new candidate is valueless regardless of his good ideas for the party. If you have the money to buy your way up the ladder then you are in. This NPP party has become too much of money party. We put money upon quality and therefore producing weak,unpopular ideas and candidates.We need to be real and honest with ourselves. Look at what happened at the Great Hall during the NPP congress.We have to interrupt the process of voting because the other side was buying votes right in front of everybody.

You see, Ghanaians gave the 2000 Elections to NPP not because of our strengths and might but because Ghanaians were just tired of the P/NDC and they wanted a change. Thank God to our former President Jerry Rawling's who conceded to NPP to give us the chance to rule Ghana. NDC People complained of us cheating or rigging the Presidential elections at that time and they were right because we didn't win by our might.

The way we choose our leaders need to to be changed. Ten official Constituency members from each constituency to pick a Flagbearer is wrong. Lots of these Ten officialsmade a bandit out of the NPP Presidential Candidates last year. We should ask every card holding member of the party to pick a candidate of their choice by voting in NPP general congress election. The candidate with the most votes wins. This will give us chance to pick the right people instead of the Party executives taking bribes to force unpopular candidates on the constituencies.

After this Presidential elections, one thing that got me so upset for me to write this article is the fact that, HOW DOES A RULING PARTY in power or in control complaint about the" opposition party" cheating or rigging the elections? How does the tenant kick the landlord out of his own house? Why would NPP complaint about NDC cheating? This is to proof that NPP has looks like dog but has no teeth to bite. Quayle,Hackman, Nana Akuffo Addo Yaw Sarfo Marfo and the rest need to retire and give room for the next generation. These people need to retire and become statesmen, party elders and executives to run NPP instead of them trying to become Presidents.No wonder why Macmanu and his cronies are ripping the party off. These greedy executive monsters officers need to be ousted before we get crucified again. Especially, Macmanu, Ohene Ntow and Laud Commey.

We need to start grooming some of these honest men and young candidates to push some of these old guard faces out. We run this Modern Ghana with these old faces. We need modern men, effective,honest, God fearing, an industrialist, a technocrat like Dr.Kwabena Frimpong- Boateng and maybe somebody like Arthur Kennedy, and Dan Botwe.

Look at somebody like Dr. Kwabena Frimpong - Boateng. This selfless man is whom we need to lead Ghana. Even though, I do not know him, but look at what he is contributing and the good name giving to Ghana with his medical professionalism. Among all the Presidential candidates of all the political Parties, he is the only one actually contributing to the coffers of Ghana. All of them are bunch of blood suckers squandering from Ghana government. They live on Government entitlements. Ask each one of them of what they have contributed to Ghana and listen to what they will tell you of their stupid answers.Turn around and ask them what their party and the government have done for them, and listen to that answer. They're bunch of rhetoric blood suckers. Once upon a time, I read an article about Dr Frimpong -Boateng and his accomplishments in the medical field and bio-fuel. It was fascinating to see a germ like this living within our mist and we can't utilize him for the good of Ghana, instead we talk about going to the back of the line until it's one's turn. NPP needs to abolish that foolish mentality. The code word "UP Tradition" meaning go back at the end of the line untill it gets to you turn is ridiculous. (Yenim wo fri tete) is outdated and it doesn't work anymore. We need to find a NEW WAY OF DOING BUSINESS with NPP and Ghana people.

There is a timing bomb that's about to explode in the NPP hierarchy. This war is going to be between J.A. Kuffour's (Kofi Diawuo's) group - Alan Kyeremateng and company and Nana Akuffo Addo's group. Since this war is going to be so intense, I think NPP members should consider giving the next Flagbearer to a neutral person like Dr.Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, if we want to win the next presidential election. If we give it to anyone of these groups, we will go back to opposition for the next four years again. Given it to Nana or Kyeremateng will split the Party again as it did for the last time. NPP think, there is a germ among us and he is Dr. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng.

Prince Akamani, Japan.

Prince Akamani
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