Opinions Sun, 3 Aug 2014

With Nana Addo, NDC will always beat NPP.

Once upon a time there was a little boy who was talented, creative, handsome, and extremely bright. A natural leader. The kind of person everyone would normally have wanted on their team or project. But he was also self-centered and had a very bad temper. When he got angry, what he usually said, and often did, some very hurtful things. In fact, he seemed to have little regard for those around him. Even friends,naturally, he had few. ''But,'' he told himself, ''that just shows how stupid most people are''.

As he grew, his parents became concerned about this personality flaw, and pondered long and hard about what they should do. Finally, the father had an idea. And he struck a bargain with his son. He gave him a bag of nails, and a BIG hammer. ''Whenever you lose your temper,'' he told the boy, ''I want you to really let it out. Just take a nail and drive it into the oak boards of that old fence out back. Hit that nail as hard as you can''. Of course, those weathered oak boards in that old fence were almost as tough as iron, and the hammer was mighty heavy, so it wasn’t nearly as easy as it first sounded. Nevertheless, by the end of the first day, the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence (That was one angry young man!). Gradually, over a period of weeks, the number dwindled down. Holding his temper proved to be easier than driving nails into the fence! Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He felt mighty proud as he told his parents about that accomplishment.

''As a sign of your success,'' his father responded,'' you get to PULL OUT one nail. In fact, you can do that each day that you don’t lose your temper even once.'' Well, many weeks passed. Finally one day the young boy was able to report proudly that all the nails were gone. At that point, the father asked his son to walk out back with him and take one more good look at the fence. “You have done well, my son,” he said. “But I want you to notice the holes that are left. No matter what happens from now on, this fence will never be the same. Saying or doing hurtful things in anger produces the same kind of result. There will always be a scar. It won’t matter how many times you say you’re sorry, or how many years pass, the scar will still be there. And a verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. People are much more valuable than an old fence. They make us smile. They help us succeed. Some will even become friends who share our joys, and support us through bad times. And, if they trust us, they will also open their hearts to us. That means we need to treat everyone with love and respect. We need to prevent as many of those scars as we can.”

In the past Nana Addo embarked on Listening, Restoration of Hope, and Thank You tours all over the country. He restructured and re-branded the NPP with new Electoral College and elected national officers to reflect regional, tribal, and gender balance. Dr. Sekou Nkrumah, Maame Dokono, Nana Ampadu, Owuraku Amofa, Frances Essiam – all former NDC Stalwarts became his friends and joined the campaign train. Yet the man could not fly!!.

Daddy Lumba, Pastor Ampong, Philapa Baafi, Christiana Love etc composed emotional songs for him – Nana is the winner, We are moving forward, Awurade Kae Nana etc. still,he could not fly!!.

He began to sit in public transport (trotro), drank pure water, Kenkey & Ampese in public, and visited people in their kitchens just to look ordinarily. The story was the same.

He was marketed from 2007 till the date,had one of the best campaign in both Election 2008 and 2012 as against NDC’s yet the damage he cause in the past is still hunting him. Ghanaians has proved that they are not ready for rotten egg. With Nana Addo at the flag bearer of npp,Insha Allah,he is not a hot soup to burn the hands of ndc. Ndc will beat npp in any election if it's is led by Nana Addo Dankwa Addo.

Ibrahim Hardi,0208235615


Columnist: Hardi, Ibrahim