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Opinions Tue, 16 Jul 2013

Get Real, Nana Akomea!

By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.

In 1979, when Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobbey's uncle was running for president on the ticket of the Popular-Front Party (PFP), Mr. Victor Owusu was 59 years old and in a live-in, or common-law, relationship with a 19-year-old woman who was younger than most of the presidential candidate's own children. And yet his equally recklessly womanizing nephew would have Ghanaians believe that it was wholly someone else's fault that the notoriously imperious former Attorney-General in the K. A. Busia-led Progress Party (PP) government massively lost the contest to the more conjugally decent and better educated President Hilla (Babini) Limann.

This is the kind of intransigent reprobate that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is dealing with in Dr. Wereko-Brobbey. And just like his uncle, the man is widely known to be conjugally unstable and full of his own self-importance. In other words, the ousted CEO of the VRA is a veritable popinjay. And, oh, by the way: Mr. Owusu also briefly defected from the Danquah-led United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) in 1949 to follow Mr. Kwame Nkrumah! The former's nephew, of course, also founded his so-called United Ghana Movement (UGM).

Now, let us deal with the annoying issue of Nana Akomea's call for the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NPP to apologize to "Mr. Victor Owusu's nephew," for the latter epithet clearly appears to be Dr. Wereko-Brobbey's greatest achievement in life, as well as his greatest claim to fame, for allegedly causing the publication of the 2-year membership suspension of Tarzan, ahead of the official notification of the man who publicly and "unnotifiably" impugned the cognitive puissance and moral integrity of Dr. Mahamamudu Bawumia, vis-a-vis the latter's unimpeachable star-witness performance before the Atuguba-presided Supreme Court panel hearing and deliberating on the Akufo-Addo/NPP Election 2012 Presidential Petition.

At any rate, what damage is such apology, as called for by Nana Akomea, intended to either repair or meliorate, since Dr. Wereko-Brobbey has clearly done more than enough to dent his own public image beyond repair? Indeed, it is this kind of wishy-washy attitude of some major players of the New Patriotic Party that gives me the dickens, or creeps, anytime that I attempt to fathom the forensically justifiable need for the NPP to promptly assume the democratic reins of governance for the long-term good of the country.

In other words, the NPP communications director has some really serious learning to do on the subject of resolute leadership. And if, indeed, he sincerely believes that Dr. Wereko-Brobbey, by his nasty and mischiveous public pronouncements, has "brought the party into [abject] disrepute," then precisely why does Nana Akomea believe that a pathologically incorrigible moral basket-case like the ousted CEO of the VRA deserves to be gratuitously graced and/or dignified with an apology or even gratitude for seriously attempting to railroad the NPP's Election 2012 Presidential Petition?

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At any rate, wouldn't such a misguided apology open the floodgates for a decidedly tamed and irreparably discredited Dr. Wereko-Brobbey to effectively call the moral stance and integrity of the NPP-NEC into serious question? And if that happens, wouldn't the certified party wrecker then have achieved his aim of totally dismantling the Danquah-Dombo-Busia ideological camp and party?

But that the suspended Dr. Wereko-Brobbey actually believes that he and his opportunistic cronies would shortly hijack the NPP in order to replace the present leadership with a more "credible" one, clearly shows the man's dogged determination to destroy the party at all costs! And by the way, whatever happened to his so-called United Ghana Movement? Wereko-Brobbey in charge of the NPP? Not on the blood of J. B. Danquah!

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*Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.

Department of English

Nassau Community College of SUNY

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Garden City, New York

July 11, 2013

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Columnist: Okoampa-Ahoofe, Kwame