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Vintage Akufo-Addo Still Principled and Accountable to the People

Vintage Akufo-Addo Still Principled and Accountable to the People

To hear Mr. Abdul-Malik Kweku Baako tell it, President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo may easily be the best Ghanaian leader and statesman of our time, especially where the economic interests of Ghanaian citizens are concerned (See “PDS Termination: Akufo-Addo Faced Opposition from His Own ‘Colleagues’ – Kweku Baako” 10/25/19). According to the Editor-Publisher of the New Crusading Guide, the President’s unrivaled leadership integrity is evinced by his epic decision to abrogate the patently shambolic contract that was the John Dramani Mahama-initialed contract between the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Philippines-based firm called Power Distribution Services (PDS), in which the latter was literally gifted the multibillion-dollar-worth assets of the state-owned ECG.

It goes without saying that the fraudulent nature of the ECG-PDS contractual partnership was predictable from the get-go. After all, hadn’t the then arch-lieutenant or Vice-President to President John Evans Atta-Mills, late, not more than amply demonstrated that he woefully lacked both the leadership capacity and the requisite know-how to negotiate worthwhile contractual compacts for the Ghanaian people in what globally became known as the STX Mega-Scandal with the South Koreans? In the latter scandal, which witnessed massive protests from local realtors and architects who had been shamefully and senselessly sidelined by the Mills-Mahama-led regime of the National Democratic Congress, auspiciously leading to the logical abrogation of the same, we are told that Ghanaian taxpayers lost at least $ 300 Million (USD) to the South Koreans.

At another politically seismic period in the country’s postcolonial history, the coconspirators and masterminds behind such noetic mega-heist would have been summarily executed by firing squad. This is what the ruling New Patriotic Party’s communications team operatives ought to be cogently and meticulously explaining to the Ghanaian people. But even more significantly, former President John Dramani Mahama’s deliberate and criminal scamming of the Ghanaian people in the STX Scandal, ought to have effectively and permanently disqualified this thoroughgoing corrupt “Northern-Tribalist” politician from either standing for or being appointed to any significant and politically sensitive office of the land. It is also not the least bit surprising that the leaders of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) would decide to field this pathological nation-wrecker, once more, for our august Presidency.

This also ought to tell the Ghanaian electorate, and the citizenry at large, what the key operatives of the NDC think about our country and its fortunes and destiny, even as we head for the polling booth come December 2020. The NPP’s Media Wing operatives also need to highlight the apparently dogged determination of the Mahama Posse to make Ghanaians perpetual slaves to Arab entrepreneurs in the Gulf States. We, predictably, witnessed the heavy thumbprints of Mr. Mahama’s Dubai paymasters on the recently auspiciously abrogated mega-scam that was the ECG-PDS Affair. I mean, what sort of partnership has only one of the two partners financially investing in such a capital-intensive venture as energy supply for the mutually equal benefit of both partners?

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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
October 25, 2019
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