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Feature Article of Friday, 7 December 2012

Columnist: Jackson, Margaret

The Jericho Walls And Akufo-Addo’s Fall

By Margaret Jackson

December 4, 2012

To those who are just tuning in, the NPP people have already made their pitch: They have boldly indicated that God is clothed in NPP colours and that He is on their side against their political opponents especially the NDC.

This is why, the NPP people have audaciously stated at their prayer sessions that God is going to lead them to bring down the Walls of Jericho during the elections on Friday December 7, 2012. This is the NPP’s ‘battle cry’ in addition to “The battle is the Lord’s” mantra. To them if they win the elections it will signify that the ‘Walls of Jericho’ had been brought down.

But something that the NPP people may have forgotten to share with Ghanaians is that, what will be their reaction if another party other than the NPP wins on Friday? If another party wins on Friday will the NPP leadership and supporters accept the fact that God indeed led another party other than the NPP to break down the Walls of Jericho?

Assuming the NDC retains power, will the NPP people come to terms that either God does not want to lead them to cause chaos hence their defeat or will they believe that God is not on their side hence their defeat?

Something happened over the weekend which gave the clearest indication that the Walls of Jericho had already started to crumble under the feet of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. In one of his major campaign stops at the Jubilee Park in Kumasi, the podium which Akufo-Addo mounted to address the crowd suddenly crumbled leading to the abrupt end of the rally.

To the NPP people the collapsed podium is a normal phenomenon; therefore, it is no big deal. But to others, the collapsed podium under the feet of Akufo-Addo is a huge deal and signifies an impending electoral humiliation starring Akufo-Addo and the NPP in the face. The Jericho Wall and Akufo-Addo’s Fall certainly have something in common.

God detests hypocrisy. In fact God detests people who use His Name in vain. And certainly God does not like people who hate people that He had created in His own image.

In September 19, 1996 something similar happened in far away United States. At the time President Clinton was running for re-election against the Republican presidential candidate Senator Bob Dole and the Reform Party presidential candidate Ross Perot. During a campaign rally in Chico, California, the then 73 year-old Bob Dole fell off a stage after a frail railing gave way.

Bob Dole went on to lose the elections to President Clinton who got re-elected by 49.2 % of the popular vote. Bob Dole came in second with 40.7% whilst Ross Perot had 8.4% of the popular vote.

I am therefore, inclined to believe that the fall of Akufo-Addo was no accident but something that had been ordained. I strongly believe that God used that fall to tell Akufo-Addo that he had been rejected. And the results after Friday will confirm what I am saying. There is no way Akufo-Addo will coast to victory. He is certainly going down to prove that God does not make kings who have self-ordained themselves to be kings.

The Jericho Walls may fall on Friday, but certainly not in the way Akufo-Addo is day-dreaming. Akufo-Addo will lose the elections to prove the strongest point that God is not mocked, and that people will always reap what they sow. The Jericho Walls and Akufo-Addo’s Fall certainly have similarities.

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