Feature Article of Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Columnist: Mensah, Nana Akyea
Why Is Okoampa Asking for Hell In Ghana...?
...From Far Away New York?
Feature Article, by Nana Akyea Mensah
Kwame Okoampa sits in New York to incite trouble in Ghana, asking Ghanaians to die for his uncle to become President! See his latest article, On Voter Intimidation, John Mahama Must Ask Mitt Romney, Feature Article of Tuesday, 4 December 2012 Okoampa writes:
"For Ghanaians would rather pay with our dear lives – in the hallowed tradition of Dr. J. B. Danquah and Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey; and also Sgt. Adjetey, Lance Corporal Attipoe and all the other unsung heroes of Ghana’s independence struggle – than be docilely enslaved by the “revolution”-mongering and violence-prone National Democratic Congress."
That in itself is very interesting. When Okoampa was himself in Ghana, under the PNDC dictatorship, he made a bee-line to go and hide under his mother's bed, with an assumed pseudonym, Togbe Sri II, whilst Ghanaian judges were being butchered! Here is his own account of the experience:
"Those of us with a lode of fiery conscience would be utterly disgusted and feel unpardonably violated, but we would sport a poker-face demeanor, lest we be promptly branded as "Enemies of the Revolution" and find our very existence to be at risk.... Nobody then either bickered or griped about the "biased reportage" of The People's Daily Graphic. George Orwell (a.k.a. Eric Blair) had eloquently and poignantly taught us to be nimble for the sake of being able to keep our heads on our shoulders with his literary classic Animal Farm...Those were the days when many of my most intimate classmates called me Togbui Sri II; it was a sort of ethnic camouflage. And as you can vividly see, dear reader, such ethnic camouflage perfectly served its primary objective: it would enable me to live out those lunatic days of Ghana's "Tribal Imperialism" in order to document Flt.-Lt. Yor-ke-Garri's "Housecleaning Exercise" for the benefit of my children, compatriots and posterity."
It must have scared the hell out of the poor boy! Now, how do you collect and document the events that are happening outside your mother's bedroom, and document them for posterity? Now, far away from New York City, Okoampa is calling on Ghanaians to follow "the hallowed tradition of Dr. J. B. Danquah and Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey; and also Sgt. Adjetey, Lance Corporal Attipoe and all the other unsung heroes of Ghana’s independence struggle"! Was it the same tradition that led him to go and hide under his mother's bed? Why this insane call for death and mayhem far away from the relative safety of your New York perch? Is it because you are seeing the writing on the wall?
Why are you feeling that Nana Akufo-Addo's last chance to be President lies in his refusal to concede defeat? You even wrote an article asking the then President-elect, Professor John Evans Atta-Mills, the democratically elected President of the Republic, to still hand over power to your uncle, even after it had become obvious that he had lost! This sounds like a joke, but it is not. Kwame Okoampa, who was then "a member of the Governing Body of the Akufo-Addo public relations outfit, The Danquah Institute, actually wrote a complete feature article calling on the President-elect to hand over power to Akufo-Addo! [See: “Atta-Mills Must Concede Defeat!” By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D., ModernGhana.com, Featured Articles, 31 December 2008]
Needless to say that the refusal by Nana Akufo-Addo to concede defeat in the 2008 Presidential elections nearly plunged the country into a political turmoil. It is the same scenario all over again! And we know you people very very well! Ye nim NPP firi tete! Otchere-Darko just published his propaganda, not long ago, and I have responded! You may look out for "Akufo Addo Prepares Not To Concede Defeat!", Feature Article, By Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro. So we already know where people like Kwame Okoampa are coming from! And we can tell you that it is not going to happen! If you want to know what is my feature article, it begins with the following paragraph:
"I smelt a rat as soon as I read the latest article by the Executive Director of the The Danquah Institute. I almost called this article, “Danquah Institute Concedes Akufo-Addo's Impending Defeat!” Now, why would the Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, deem it fit to devote a complete lie to an article surreptitiously on vigilance? Why would he write a thing like this “Unlike Nana Akufo-Addo, John Mahama has no track record of adopting the gentlemanly course of gracefully accepting defeat after losing an election, simply because he has never tasted defeat at the highest level of political competition where the stakes are most high“? One thing is clear: they have a plan. What is not clear is the nature of the plan. From the way he dwelt so much on violence, it has to be something to do with violence. Difficult to tell who is pulling that off, but a losing candidate who has clearly come out to say that he wants to be in power “at all cost”, whose right-hand man is sanctimoniously complaining against political violence in a feature article that ominously portends that the Akufo-Addo camp are one-step ahead of the Ghanaian electorate. The plan is simple. In the event that Nana Akufo-Addo is rejected by Ghanaians, he is not going to accept defeat." Okoampa now spills the beans:
“As the press statement released by the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) clearly and aptly indicated, this NDC-instigated attack comes right on the heels of the so-called Manhyia Peace Accord (MPA). I, personally, found the entire affair to be rather strange, to speak much less about the downright suspicious, especially in view of its curious orchestration with the apparently active and central involvement of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei-Tutu II, in this decidedly political affair.
I have since wondered, perhaps at the risk of being accused of paranoia, whether the Manhyia Peace Accord was not a deftly orchestrated ploy by somebody, or even a group of individuals, hell-bent on seriously undermining the will of the Ghanaian electorate by deviously attempting to preempt the latter’s constitutional right to vehemently protest, or even righteously call for the immediate nullification of the results of Election 2012, should it come to the forensically provable conclusion that, indeed, the entire exercise has woefully failed to meet the standard democratic test of credibility.”
This article of yours comes as yet another confirmation that Nana Akufo-Addo is sensing defeat and preparing himself not to concede defeat, in that eventuality! This is disgraceful! This is shameful! This is abominable! But then, it does not surprise me in the least that this is coming from Okoampa. He must by now be used to the very idea of a defeat.
Forward Ever! Backwards Never! Long live Ghana!
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Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro | Ghana Committee, P-AI, Social Media Campaigns Saturday, December 2, 2012 | [email protected] Pan-Africanist International - a grammar of Pan-Africanism and its manners of articulation! www.panafricanistinternational.org