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What Is Your Problem, Mr. Boot-for-Boot?

What Is Your Problem, Mr. Boot-for-Boot?

He has already gotten the answer that he definitely deserves from Mr. Yaw Buaben Asamoah, the Communications Director of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), so I shall not bother to rehash many of the same here, except to wonder why Candidate John Dramani Mahama has not yet come out with any plans that he has to reverse the definitively resolved Dagbon Chieftaincy Crisis, so that he could, once again, convene a national stakeholders’ conference in order to reconfigure a more effective and constructive way of redoing the same (See “NPP Denies Training Thugs to ‘Disrupt’ 2020 Polls” / 10/13/19). It is at once risible and absurd for the former President to accuse the Akufo-Addo-led government of the New Patriotic Party of planning to destabilize the country during next year’s general election when, as clearly articulated by the Adentan Member of Parliament, if memory serves yours truly accurately, it is actually Mr. Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, the National Chairman of Mr. Mahama’s National Democratic Congress’ party, who has been caught on audiotape by the vigilant and diligent operatives of our National Security Agency (NSA) criminally scheming with some of his associates to destabilize the country in the runup to Election 2020.

It is also rather strange that the man whose extant Interior Minister, Mr. Mark Woyongo, viciously unleashed militia and vigilante forces sponsored by the Mahama-led regime of the National Democratic Congress in the leadup to the 2016 general election – actually during the Talensi Byelection – in the Upper-East Region, on members and supporters of the then main opposition New Patriotic Party should be mischievously claiming that he has evidence indicating that some executive operatives of the Upper-East Region’s Chapter of the presently ruling New Patriotic Party have been selected for militia training at Asutuare, in the Greater-Accra Region, in a bid to creating mayhem during the 2020 general election. At any rate, why would any serious ruling political party hellbent on hanging on to power, come hell or highwater, select a measly three executive operatives for military training in a bid to causing mayhem in an election about which there is absolutely no doubt in the mind of any studious observer of our national political terrain, the New Patriotic Party is poised to massively winning the polls in 2020 than the latter party did in 2016?

Indeed, even as Mr. Buaben Asamoah has credibly indicated, it clearly appears that having arrived at the inescapably accurate decision that the former President has not even a Chinaman’s chance at winning next year’s general election, that Mr. Mahama would resort to prefabricating the sort of whole cloth’s texture and yarn of mendacity to make his imminent crushing defeat more palatable to swallow, as well as garner the vacuous sympathy of diehard supporters and sympathizers. But, of course, we all know that Ghanaians are rather too savvy and far more than politically sophisticated enough to be so facilely taken for a ride. Indeed, the man who so luridly and shamelessly both orchestrated and condoned the brutal mauling of the young broadcast reporter with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, in the wake of the deliberately and callously engineered road-accident death of Mr. Samuel Nuamah, the Ghanaian Times’ reporter attached to the erstwhile Flagstaff House, would also have the leaders of the Ghana Journalists’ Association (GJA) foolhardily and fatuously believe that he, Mr. Mahama, is far more interested in the wellbeing of these government watchdogs than the man who actually has the more credible track-record of drafting legal instruments and treating the country’s media operatives with the sort of respect and dignity that were so sorely lacking under the previous Mahama-led regime of the National Democratic Congress.

If he is, indeed, a man who really cares about the civil and human rights of the membership of the Ghana Journalists’ Association, the substantive President of the GJA, Mr. Affail Monney, who was also the GBC’s Director of Radio Broadcast, the last time that I checked, would painfully and vividly remember the brutal beating unleashed on the young GBC reporter by Mr. Stanislav X. Dogbe, the infamous Presidential Staffer who, according to Mr. Alban SK Bagbin, the retiring longest-serving NDC’s Member of Parliament, was the de facto President of the Sovereign Democratic Republic of Ghana during the four-and-half-year tenure of the blood-spattered former Vice-President to the “mysteriously” deceased then-President John Evans Atta-Mills. You see, Dear Reader, a man who heartily dances over the cadaver of his immediate boss and the man who had also generously selected him as his running-mate, against, in retrospect, the better judgment of the globally acclaimed founding-father of the National Democratic Congress, to wit, Chairman Jerry John Rawlings – and on the latter count, of course, we are unmistakably referring to the former NDC’s MP for the Gonja-West Constituency – can definitely not be trusted, for the second nonconsecutive time, with the most important political office of the land.

But that Candidate John Dramani Mahama has absolutely no meaningful and/or progressive and visionary leadership to offer the nation, has already been more than eloquently underscored by the Communications Director of the ruling New Patriotic Party, when the man who also doubles as the NPP’s Member of Parliament for the Adentan Constituency, instructively reminded Ghanaian citizens and voters recently that Candidate Mahama had yet to offer the country any viable policy initiatives and an alternative development agenda to those presently being pursued to positive effect by the unprecedently visionary President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Ghanaian voters had better be warned against inadvisably entrusting their welfare and the destiny of the country, once again, into the morbid and narcissistic hands of the man who made “Dumsor” the staple labor and industrial diet of an otherwise robust and prosperous Ghanaian economy.

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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
October 13, 2019
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