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Opinions Tue, 30 Nov 2010

How Serious are the NDC – Strategizing to Win Election 2012?

Will I not be 100% right to conclude that Ghanaians have witnessed numerous

unnecessary instances of official accusations of, and arrests for, "causing fear and

panic" in the year 2010? The until now confused and directionless NDC government in

place with her politicized police force is trigger-happy to invoke Article 208 under

the Ghana Constitution - "Causing fear and panic". The propensity, at which the

article is invoked - on trivialities, arouses suspicion of political persecutions

and the resolute determination by the Atta Mills' administration to intimidate

Ghanaians.

Ghanaians will recall that the indiscriminate citations of the article protuberantly

started with the case of Nana Darkwah, my own Kumawuman compatriot. Nana Darkwah had

opined on radio that Former President Togbe Avaklasu Jeremiah John Rawlings was in

all probability the author of the conflagration that gutted the Rawlings' house on

the night of 14th February 2010. Barely had Nana Darkwah expressed this personal

opinion when he was bundled by the police on orders, and at the signal crack of the

fingers of the notorious Kofi Adams, the Spokesperson for Togbe Avaklasu J.J.

Rawlings. The Ghana police force that is currently lopsidedly NDC-supportive,

absurdly without hesitation charged Nana Darkwah with "causing fear and panic" in

public. How can alleging that Rawlings set fire to his own residence cause fear and

panic to the public? If Nana Darkwah's allegation was as baseless as believed by

most of the NDC sympathisers who are quick to react but slow to

think, he could at worst be charged with libel on request by Rawlings. His claim

was nowhere near crime that is prosecutable by the State yet; the seemingly misfit

and oppressive NDC administration through their political opaque lenses shamelessly

saw him as a big time criminal and treated him as such. Anyway, the case in the end

collapsed like a pack of playing cards according as predicted in my published

articles in defence of the rule of law apparently infringed upon by the Atta Mills'

government.

In quick succession of the exhibition of the ignorance, biases and obviously loathed

politicization of the Ghana police, one Ato Dadzie, Amina Mohammed and another guy

in Kumasi were all arrested on same charge of causing fear and panic in public, just

to mention a few. In all these incidents where cautious investigations devoid of the

ongoing nonsensical applications of "fear and panic" were required, the police

blundered again and again to the amazement of many a discerning Ghanaians.

Is it not rather the government and the police that are causing "fear and panic" in

Ghana by their unreasonable arrests of those volunteering information - Amina for

example? To the NDC, instilling oppressive fear in the governed is political

correctness. This is epitomized by their lawless-inhered so-called foot-soldiers who

in many documented ways have inflicted acts of lawlessness on many Ghanaians

especially, those perceived as NPP members or sympathisers with impunity. Are they

not recompensed for their acts of lawlessness by the government? Did Atta Mills not

publicly order all his government Ministers to receive these foot-soldiers, listen

to their problems and resolve them? A good President would rather have requested of

his Ministers to find means to resolving the problems confronting the entire youth

of the nation but not specify that the individual problems of the foot-soldiers be

looked at and resolved. These are NDC for you with their policy

of segregation or divide and rule at its best.

Just last week, the NDC gurus led by Paul Victor Obeng, a classical corrupt entity,

headed off to Cape Coast. Their main agenda was to devise a stratagem to winning the

2012 national elections. I laughed my head off when I read about their intention. In

the midst of the NDC being obviously rudderless, the economic hardships confronting

the nation, the flagrant prevalence of insecurity, the great NDC strategists have

the shameless indecency to reconvene to discuss how best to win election 2012. What

a Ghanaian politician's short-sightedness in pursuit of their socio-economic

emancipation. Do the NDC take Ghanaians for fools? Their immediate concern is not

about addressing the current umpteen problems facing the nation but about how to

linger on as the ruling political party for many more years to come.

The NDC top brass are piling up pressure on Rawlings to eschew his waywardness which

may be a recipe for disaster to the NDC party come 2012. He is now being treated

like a bad boy who needs to be hit hard after refusing to listen - "if you don't

hear it, you will feel it" Rawlings is said to have realised how his yobbish

attitude has caused tensions within his own founded political party. Back to his

senses, he is now chastising his own wife for aspiring to contest President Mills

for the NDC's flag-bearer's slot for the year 2012. But will the obstinate wife

listen and stay away? We live to see. It must be noted that "Obstinacy is the cause

of the horns of the hornbill" The damage caused to Atta Mills by the Rawlingses is

only reparable if and only if, they will lick back their vomit. Let us see how this

arrogant couple will swallow their pride to say sorry to Fiifi Mills, the NDC, and

the nation.

I expect the NPP to win election 2012. Most Ghanaians are beckoning to the NPP to

come back saying, "San beware me me yere dadaa" But winning the election for the NPP

will be an uphill battle. I wish they don't condescend to their usual sloppy

complacency which attitude cost them election 2008.

Most Ghanaians find themselves at crossroads in their socio-politico-economic

emancipation. They look forward to the NPP to liberate them from the ongoing

political suppression and dehumanization under the current NDC administration.

Should the NPP fail to help them realise their dream, then they will say to the NPP,

"In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our

friends" - Martin Luther King Jnr.

Rockson Adofo

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson