The clarion call of many Ghanaians for a massive vote for leader of the opposition the New Patriotic Party presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo in the December 2012 general election is a mandate required to rescue the people of Ghana from the incompetence of the ruling National Democratic Congress government led by the care taker President John Dramani Mahama and his vice Mr. Amissah Arthur.
The wanton misuse of political power and state resources under the National Democratic Congress government on the people of Ghana is akin to the Animal Farm debacle. Most objective political analysts have concluded that the NDC government have lost touch with the people they purport to lead and defeat is staring at them in much the same way as happened in the “Animal Farm”.
Animal Farm is a classic work by George Orwell and a noted piece of literature, which was used to catapult the imagination of readers beyond the horizons of dogmatic adherence to idealistic or utopian thoughts. It however, represents human characteristics in an analogy of animal instincts. It also mimics the doomsday of a precipitated change, brought by a modicum of bureaucratic class called as Bolsheviks.
The statement attributed to the National Security Coordinator, Gbevlo Lartey succinctly depicts the activities of the leadership in the Animal Farm. In so long as perpetrators of alleged wrong doers are concerned, the rules of justice are sadly altered to protect NDC activist. The state security apparatus is unleashed heavily on persons associated with the NPP on the least smell of misconduct.
The President, John Mahamah himself leads in these displays of high handedness with his infamous “kill a fly with a bulldozer” statement. In a response to former President Kuffour’s wise council to government not to “kill a mosquito with a sledged hammer”, the then Vice President, now a care taker president retorted that he will “kill a fly with a bulldozer”
The NPP Member of Parliament for the Assin North Constituency, Kennedy Agyepong pour out his frustration about the violent attack on suspected NPP sympathizers at the Odododiodoo constituency during the Electoral Commission’s voters’ registration exercise. While purporting to be apologising to the Chiefs of the Volta Region, on behalf of Kennedy Agyepong, then Vice President John Mahama threw all decorum to the dogs and stated that he will “kill a fly with a bulldozer”.
As if the Chiefs and people of the Greater Accra did not matter to the then Vice President, Mr. Mahamah went to the Volta Region to stoke an otherwise over flocked issue. The government characteristically had proffered strange charges of treason and attempted genocide against Hon. Kennedy Agyapong.
In spite of the fact that speech in Ghana cannot be criminalised, Hon. Kennedy Agyapong was likely to face the ultimate penalty of death if found guilty. The comedy of errors that characterized the persecution (sic) of Hon. Kennedy Agyapong raised a lot of questions on the professionalism of our security forces. The charges were later to be dropped after massive demonstration and picketing any time the MP was brought to the courts. Lesser charges of provocation of riots and offensive conduct conducive to the breach of the peace were later preferred.
On the flip side of the above, is the release of tape recordings of Yaw Boateng Gyan, the NDC national organizer who also doubles as a presidential staffer, in which statements which have the dire consequence to the peaceful conduct of the 2012 elections were made. The NDC national executive member statements also have the tendency of derailing the democratic credentials of Ghana in very debilitating manner.
Yaw Boateng Gyan’s tape exposed the clandestine manipulation of the state security apparatus with hoodlums of the ruling NDC. These party thugs have been encrypted into the security agencies to undertake “operation” for the NDC. So while the Ghanaian tax payers foot the bills for the up keep of these NDC thugs, they (the hoodlums) were to undertake activities inimical to the conduct peaceful elections. The National Security Coordinator, Gbevlo Lartey and his deputy were to provide these NDC “special forces” with National Security Identity Cards. The NDC would also give fast moving getaway vehicles to these thugs in order to be able to get away after committing mayhem on the people of Ghana during the December 2012 elections.
The tape also reveals the abysmal manner in which our exchequer – the Minister of Finance, Dr. Kwabena-Duffour handles our resources. Boateng Gyan claim to have the tacit connivance of both the Minister of Finance and the Director of Finance at the Ministry of Finance to dissipate the state coffers of resources needed to develop Ghana. These moneys are literary given to party people doing the NDC grimy work. Disguise as loans, each member would be given moneys which they were not obliged to repay.
As if the infiltration of the security agencies with the NDC party hoodlums and the collusion of the Minister of Finance to provide the funding of potential violent conduct to these thugs were not enough, Yaw Boateng Gyan has also revealed the trailing of key members of the National Democratic Party – a breakaway group within the NDC in order to gather information needed to hatch plans to harm them. A member of the opposition NPP, Lawyer Ayikoi Otoo was also mentioned as possible target.
Ghanaians were therefore in a state of shock when, the National Security Coordinator, Gbevlo Lartey, himself implicated Mr. Boateng Gyan’s recording, has stated there was nothing in the tape that require an investigation.
A number of tape recordings of some members of the ruling party have surfaced in recent times and in all these the government and / or security agencies have seen nothing worth investigating especially when the recordings are traceable to a member of government.
Some of these infamous tapes could suffice as:
1.Baba Jamah – then Deputy Minister of Information declaration of Jihad during the Atiwa by election. According to Dictionary of Islam, jihad is “A religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad enjoined especially for the purpose of advancing Islam and repelling evil from Muslims”. However, some adherence of the Islamic faith viz a viz Boko Haran in Nigeria, Taliban in Afghanistan visit violence on innocent citizens who differ in their understanding of the teaching of the Holy Prophet Mahamed.
In the context of Baba Jamah’s exposition, the NDC thugs was to visit violence and mayhem on the people of Atiwa to advance the selfish interest of the NDC at all cost even to the chagrin of the people of Atiwa Constituency.
2.Baba Jamah has again admonished staff of the Information Services Department to lie about government programs and projects to Ghanaians, by turning goats into cows when providing information to the public.
While these expose could not elicit any reprimand from the NDC and government, the national executive council of the NDC quickly move in to suspend Kofi Adams, the then Deputy General Secretary of the ruling NDC and spokes person for the former President J. J. Rawlings. These double standards exhibited by the ruling party attest to their lack of finesse and equal treatment to all persons as enshrine in the constitution 1992.
In fact, Article 17 of chapter 5 of the Constitution 1992 states
(1) All persons shall be equal before the law
(2) A person shall not be discriminated against on grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion, creed or social or economic status.
(3) For the purposes of this article, “discriminate” means to give different treatment to different persons attributable only or mainly to their respective descriptions by race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, gender, occupation, religion or creed, whereby persons of one description are subjected to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of another description which are not granted of persons of another description are not made subject or are granted privileges or advantages which are not granted to persons of another description.
The reasons for lack of adherence to this provision, indicate how the NDC party and President Mahama have lost touch with the people of Ghana. The clarion call therefore is a massive vote for the Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo and the NPP during the 2012 general elections.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, a man with the tenacity of purpose, a transformational leader has opted to correct the current unequal access of the Ghanaian child to education, but some of the people who had benefited from free education are kicking against it by re-arranging the rules to suit their own parochial political motive. It is of no coincidence that the vast majority of Ghanaians about sixty percent are illiterate. The NDC has always banked on our illiterate population with their lies, propaganda, deceits and corruption hence their rejection of Nana Addo’s free compulsory basic education from kindergarten to SHS.
President Mahama, himself a northerner and many of the NDC members of government benefitted from free secondary education of the first republic. Why the president and the NDC are kicking against this laudable flagship educational policy of Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo beats the imagination of all well meaning Ghanaians. One would have expected that the so called social democrats would have embraced this idea, but no President Mahama and the NDC prefer to rule an uneducated population in order to perpetuate their lies, deceits and propaganda on Ghanaians. They must be rejected at the general election.
Chapter 25 of the Constitution 1992 states inter alia:
(1) All persons shall have the right to equal educational opportunities and facilities and with a view to achieving the full realisation of that right -
(a) Basic education shall be free, compulsory and available to all
Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo and the NPP are asking Ghanaians to give him and the NPP the mandate to operationalize this constitutional provision in order to transform Ghana into an industrialized economy. Only an educated citizenry can help propel Ghana’s development agenda. The current situation where only the children of three northern regions benefit from free SHS are not equitable and are a breach of the constitutional provision.
Our children should not be thrown onto the streets at age 15 without the requite senior high education. The termination point of basic education will be the Senior High School. Let us support Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo and the NPP by voting massively for Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo and the NPP in the December 2012 polls.