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General News of Monday, 17 December 2012

Source: Daily Graphic

NPP should let sleeping dogs lie- Wereko-Brobbey

A leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Charles Wereko-Brobbey, says in spite of evidence suggesting an official manipulation of the results of the 2012 election, the NPP “should lick their wounds, circumscribe the legal effort and let sleeping dogs lie and prepare to put up a better performance in 2016 and beyond.”

His reasons are that the NPP put up an abominable performance in its monitoring and policing of ballot day events, especially the counting of the votes, and that the party was so confident of a favorable outcome that it completely ignored and wrote off all of the “manipulative machinations” of the Electoral Commission (EC) in the run-up to the elections, especially the EC’s “damning failures” on the verification of the electoral register.

In a statement, Dr Wereko-Brobbey said “there is overemphasis on whipping up the party’s base into a frenzy of “we were robbed and we will retrieve our victory through the courts”, without explaining to the supporters that we left the burglars and that prospects of succeeding to dethrone President Mahama and crown Akufo-Addo have minimal odds,” he contended in a statement.

“If only all the energies going into proving that we were robbed had been put into preventing the theft, especially as we knew the likely futility of compiling a lot of items as evidence for taking the watchman to court on suspicion of colluding with the burglars,” he added.

According to Dr Wereko-Brobbey, known in political circles as “Tarzan”, there was little doubt, based on “incontrovertible” evidence, of widespread official manipulation and massaging of both the voting process and the outcome of

Election 2012 “to hand a first round victory to President Mahama”. “We may succeed in bringing better performance and greater accountability to the EC. However, while this may achieve a moral victory for us, it will not be victory 2012,” he submitted.

Dr Wereko-Brobbey said with the declaration of the results and President Mahama being congratulated by the international community, including President Obama, Kofi Annan, David Cameron and Chancellor Merkel, there was an indication that all of Ghana’s allies in the Western democracies and other world leaders of note had accepted the outcome of the elections.

“Put another way, they may be telling Ghanaians, and especially the NPP, in the most diplomatic but pointed way, that Election 2012 is all over now; it is time to move on”, he reiterated.

He said since the first elections under the Fourth Republic Constitution in 1992, when the party went through the emotions of early celebrations which gradually turned to the gnashing of teeth and the writing of the original “Stolen Verdict”, it had gone through similar experiences in 1996, 2008 and 2012.

“The people wanted and voted for an NPP government but were let down by the party as it failed to secure the victory through effective policing of the count. The failure is unpardonable and inexplicable and no amount of post-facto noise and bravado will atone for the cardinal sins of the NPP leadership,” he remarked.

Dr Wereko-Brobbey observed that the Ghana Journalists Association and some of its member bodies were angry with the unwarranted attacks on their members who were simply trying to cover the public protestations and exertions of the party, while people whose persons and vehicles were being attacked indiscriminately were rightly crying foul.

According to him, the main question that the NPP leadership had to answer truthfully to itself and more importantly to Ghanaians was, “What are real chances of the party succeeding to reverse the results of the 2012 presidential elections in court?”

He said the decision to go to court, while it might add to strengthen the country’s democratic process, posed significant questions about the NPP’s current standing and future electoral prospect more than the very simple disappointed base.

“What we should avoid at all cost is to unconsciously highlight the demonstrated incompetence in the monitoring of the voting and counting that failed to turn their expressed wish into the actual change. Whatever we do, let us not compromise and jeopardize NPP’s future election prospects to satisfy the short-term desires of those who may have failed the party and the people of Ghana so badly,” he submitted.