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Akufo-Addo: Don’t Concede If Truly NDC “Rigged” It All

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 Source: Mensema, Akadu Ntiriwa

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, PhD

**Submitted on December 10, 2012

“The largest elections observation network in Ghana, CODEO, is urging the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, to show good competitor qualities by congratulating the president-elect John Mahama” (Ghanaweb, December 10, 2012).

“Chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Reverend Prof. Emmanuel Asante, has called on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and its flagbearer to demonstrate that they truly understand the meaning of democracy even as they dispute the results of the just ended 2012 elections” Ghanaweb December 10, 2012).

Let us challenge ourselves

To stand for the truth

To seek the truth

To work for the truth

Coerced silence is not peace

Coerced concession is not peace

Coerced congratulations is not peace

Peace does not spring from weakness

Peace is the watershed of truth

Peace flows from boldness

Let us be bold

Let us seek peace

Not peace from theft

Not peace from robbery

Not peace from surrender

Not peace from submission

Ah! Yes, peace from peacefulness

Our false narratives

False heroic narratives

Of battered memories

Of stolen verdicts

Of hidden inconvenient truths

Of jaundiced peace

Of coercing untruth as peace

Truth evokes truth

Why are we afraid of truth

Untruth does not bring peace

Untruth hatches lies of peace

Sanguinary lies

That kills dreams

If the NPP has evidence

Let them bring it to the fore

Solid evidence

Not a shoddy one

If they claim to have evidence

Allow them to showcase it

Evidence on EC & NDC rigging

Rigging our national elections

The worst crime

Against our conscience

Against our body politic

Abandon the mantra of peace

Amidst violent exploitation

Amidst abuse of power

Peace is when you solve conflicts

Peace means parties come to terms

This culture of fama Nyame

This culture of enye hwee

This culture of gyae na enka

These cultures murder us

These cultures impoverish us

These cultures bankrupt us

So let it ring

Let peace ring

Ring from peace

Not from coerced peace

Let the NPP prove the vote rigging

Let Ghanaians stand firm

Let seek truth in our polity

Let us seek truth for our polity

Let us seek boldness

Let us seek fairness

For ourselves

For our political allies

For our foes

For our opponents

For the NPP, NDC

For the PPP, CPP

For the PNC, GNPP

For the UFP

For all and sundry

In the midst of nepotistic brokerage

In the midst of pen-armed robbery

In the midst of class conflicts

In the midst of “tribal” divisions

In the midst of political robbery

In the midst of street children

Elections bought with it all

With free computers

With free bicycles

With free chamber-pots

With free pieces of cloth

With free cutlasses

With free fishing nets

With free Toyota 4 X 4

With free Schnapps

Let us challenge ourselves

To stand for the truth

To seek the truth

To work for the truth

Coerced silence is not peace

Coerced concession is not peace

Coerced congratulations is not peace

*Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D., is a nationalist Denkyira beauty. She is a trained

oral historian cum sociologist and Professor in the USA. She lives in Pennsylvania

with her great mentor and teaches Africa-area studies at a college in Maryland. In

her pastime, she writes what critics have called “populist hyperbolic, satirical”

poetry. She can be reached at akadumensema@yahoo.com My poems and essays on Ghanaweb

and elsewhere must not be reproduced in full or in part for any academic or

scholarly work without my written permission.

Columnist: Mensema, Akadu Ntiriwa