General News of Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Source: Daily Graphic

Running mate of Osei Yeboah 'dodges' event to introduce him

Drama unfolded at the National Theatre in Accra Monday, when the planned programme by the only independent presidential candidate in the December 2012 general election to introduce his running mate, became a fiasco.

Journalists had gathered at the venue of the programme in the anticipation that Mr Jacob Osei Yeboah would introduce his running mate for the elections, only for the supposed running mate to disappoint him.

In what observers described as a desperate attempt to save his face, Mr Yeboah, popularly called JOY by his supporters, announced in the 11th hour that his unnamed running mate had been taken ill.

That explanation was, however, taken with a pinch of salt by the media men when one of the aids to Mr Yeboah who had been tasked to pick the running mate from the Kotoka International Airport, told the media men that the running mate had missed his flight at the Kumasi Airport.

While all that was going on between newsmen and Mr Yeboah at the entrance to the National Theatre, invited personalities, including the special guest of honour, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, the Omanhene of the Essikado Traditional Area, were patiently waiting in the conference hall for the running mate to show up.

The programme was massively attended by Mr Yeboah’s supporters and sympathisers, made up largely of the youth.

About 4:50 p.m. those who had come earlier and noticed the departure of newsmen decided to leave the conference room of the National Theatre.

Later, Mr Yeboah said either another date would be announced to introduce his running mate or he would issue a press statement naming the person.

He did not volunteer the name of the person but hinted that he was a Ga royal and a sanitation specialist.

Although the introduction of the running mate could not come on, Mr Yeboah used the occasion to launch his new book, ‘The Next President of Ghana’.

The 194-page book contains a collection of his speeches and press releases.

In the book, he opines that the current governance system that operates along the lines of partisan politics is responsible for the problems of ethnocentricism, greed, political polarisation, under-development, poverty, social division, insecurity, lawlessness and corruption.

He argues that building a democratic structure that is rooted in Africa’s own cultural traditions is the only way to see Ghana and Africa on the path to true economic emancipation and independence.

Nana Nketsia for his part, underscored the need for Ghanaians to put aside their individual differences and political affiliations to ensure national unity ahead of the December polls.

He said for development to attain its height in the West African sub-region, there must be political stability devoid of chaos that could hinder development.

Nana Nketsia said although Ghana had gained international respect as a beacon of peace and stability, it still needed to guard itself against conflict from within.