General News of Friday, 17 January 2014
A suggestion by presidential staffer Dr Clement Apaak to turn into a Hollywood movie, the first year in office of the John Mahama-led administration has been given further impetus.
Apaak is proposing New Patriotic Party General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, aka Sir John and Ablekuma West MP, Mrs Ursula Ekuful, (formerly Ursula Owusu) as part of the likely cast, and he has even defined their roles in the yet to be scripted movie.
Sir John could feature on an episode that talks about the challenges in the energy sector in the past year that saw the nation plunge into power rationing popularly called ‘dumso dumso’ and play the role of a courtier who will greet “Me ma mo dumso oo” and respond “Yaa Mahama.”
“And then when we even talk about the electoral petition, the likes of Ursula Owusu who called the President a thief and Sir John who never ceases to berate the President at almost every point and even trying to accuse the president of being involved in what occurred to Bawumia and all of that, all of those are very important components of the movie and we can expect that you will have to get people to play all of these characters,” he told Asempa FM on its ‘Ekosii Sen’ programme.
He was speaking via phone from Tamale where the president was inaugurating the completion of work on phase one of the Tamale Teaching Hospital project and to commission the phase two of it, saying in spite of the many challenges the president had to grapple with, it is such development projects that give him (Apaak) the impetus to call for the president to be celebrated.
The President was also to commission a water treatment project at Bunkpurugu, he said.
He said the NPP was craving attention “largely because it is a party currently in crisis with the possibility of an implosion, and the NPP is fully aware that the only way that it can continue to maintain its relevance and to keep attention on it is by trying to bastardize and minimize the good work that the president has done in spite of all the difficulties that he has to go through.”
He said most of the difficulties were “orchestrated, promoted, enhanced, and facilitated by the NPP.”
“Don’t you think that it is rather surprising that a group, which denied the legitimacy of this president for a whole eight, nine months now have the audacity to assess him for one year in office? As many commentators have said, if the NPP wants to be honest with themselves and the good people of Ghana, it should start assessing John Mahama after the 29th of August, 2013.
"If they do that then we would know that they are a serious group of people who act and function based on principle; because as far as the NPP is concerned, and as far as many Ghanaians are concerned, the NPP never accepted the legitimacy of the president up until the Supreme Court passed its verdict. So on what moral basis do they have to go and organize a forum to assess the president that they only recognised after the 29th of August, 2013?"