When you come across someone with his beard caught on fire….

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 Source: Adofo, Rockson

A popular admonishing Akan proverb goes, “When you go to

find someone with his beard caught on fire, you had better

fetch water to place beside yours”. This proverb is

directed at warning people against the possibility of

suffering same ill-fate that their colleague or neighbour

might be going through at a particular moment hence the need

to sympathise with them and also to be forewarned.

Why have I decided to quote this Akan proverb today, one may

ask? The answer is not far fetched. It is all about a

statement that one Dr Henry Herbert Lartey, the Presidential

Candidate of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) has

made following his disqualification from contesting

presidential election 2016 by the Chair of the Electoral

Commission, Mrs Charlotte Keeson-Osei.

On a recorded video, he says, “I now understand that the

NPP were always right behaving the way they did, towards Mrs

Charlotte Osei and the Electoral Commission when they were

always challenging some of the policies by her”. I was

always siding with the Electoral Commission against the NPP

but I have now realised that they were right. Why should the

Electoral Commission disqualify me for minor mistakes

without having the decency to call me to rectify them? How

long does it take to correct such minor mistakes”? he


“When the heat is not on you, you think the game is

easy” Now that he has been made to face the callousness of

the obstinate Charlotte Osei; personally experiencing her

dodgy plots to assist the NDC win the re-election on a

silver platter, he is now awake to his senses that the NPP

had, and always continue to, keep Charlotte Osei, on her

toes to possibly do the right thing at all times.

If the other minor opposition parties and their leaders had

seen the sense in NPP’s demand for a new voters register

but not to have castigated the NPP and her leadership, there

could have been a totally new voters register devoid of all

the multiple registrations, registrations of minors and

probably foreigners on to the electoral roll.

Those who were vociferously vehemently criticising the NPP

but supporting Charlotte Osei do today regret their selfish

and short-sighted actions after finding themselves

prematurely cut off from their dreams through their

disgraceful disqualifications.

I am sure it has not yet come to the point of, “Had I

known is always at last” to the disqualified presidential

aspirants. There is still a glimmer of hope for them in that

their final objective was, and is still; to liberate the

suffering Ghanaian masses from the economic bondage,

lawlessness, official corruption, and cluelessness in

administering Ghana if not purposeful mismanagement of Ghana

as brought to bear upon the citizens like cumulonimbus cloud

by President Mahama.

They can still achieve their aim were they to be selfless

and far-sighted but not selfish and myopic, by rallying

fully behind the NPP and its leadership to vote out

President Mahama and the NDC from power come 7 December


If the disqualified presidential candidates and their

supporters did actually mean to come to power to save Ghana

and Ghanaians from the worst government that is

unprecedentedly corrupt in the annals of Ghana’s politics,

I shall advise them to throw their unflinching support

behind NPP and Nana Akufo Addo to boot President Mahama out

of power.

Will Dr Henry Lartey miss this second opportunity I am

offering him to demonstrate to Ghanaians that he really

cares about their plight?

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Let us all

team up to foil the evil plots by Mrs Charlotte Osei.

“The evil that men do, lives after them into the grave”

To Dr Henry Lartey and the others except Hassan Ayariga and

Akua Donkor who are just political nonstarters but pure

jokers cunningly canvassing for President Mahama; do please

cogitate about the following quotation from Emperor Haile

Selassie of Ethiopia. He said, “Throughout history, it has

been the inaction of those who could have acted; the

indifference of those who should have known better; the

silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that

has made it possible for evil to triumph”

Ghana is collapsing under the weight of official corruption,

lawlessness covertly orchestrated by the government where

members of NDC can commit blue murder with impunity, with

armed robberies ravaging the country etc.

Now is the time to do something else you fail the test set

by the visionary Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. What

must you do? Simply team up with NPP to kick President

Mahama out of office to set the Ghanaian captives free from

the worst administration of the country ever witnessed in

the history of Ghana.

Rockson Adofo

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson