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Opinions of Monday, 2 August 2010

Columnist: Amponsah, Jerry

Alan Bins The “Elephant” For Octopus Paul!

As earlier reported “Some ‘creative’ (or mischievous?) Minds have appropriated
the reputation of recent World Cup psychic Octopus Paul to predict the victory
for Alan Kyeremateng in the NPP’s upcoming congress. The image has become
increasingly parsimonious on various sites.

Paul the Octopus is a common octopus living in a tank at a Sea Life Centre in
Oberhausen , Germany . Octopus Paul became internationally famous for correctly
predicting the outcome of seven (7) matches of the World Cup in South Africa
this year and also correctly predicting the final, of which Spain won over
As he felt betrayed by the party’s “Elephant” on 22nd December 2008, Alan
“Handsome” Kyeremateng has now masterfully pitched camp with Octopus Paul to
salt his campaign, with the hope that he emerges as the flag bearer when the
party goes to congress on August 7th. He is not a true believer. As a renowned
businessman, thinking of grabbing an opportunity without sensing the relative
culture of your organization makes you a myopic, incompetent and visionless.
Surprisingly Alan is no longer having faith in the party’s “Elephant”, as he and
his political comrades are now more reliant upon Octopus Paul. This shameful
plagiarism is an absurd political strategy with no sense of manifestation in the
end. Imitation is a functional equivalent of defeat. More so, it is easier to
square the circle than get round a mathematician.
How could Alan Kyeremateng engage in such bungee jumping without a rope?
Is it a political mistake, or a message, as he becomes too nuts to win? I wonder
if he can walk me through this stimulus tactics, and perhaps disabuse me of any
notion I might have along this line.
He is too wrapped up in his presidential ambition. I will remind him of the myth
of Icarus, “He keeps his distance”. He is into politics but lacks the basics, he
does not know what he does not know. Never undertake anything unless you have
the heart to ask Heaven’s blessing on your undertaking!
This stunning revelation brings us to the level of party faithfulness and
patriotism. How could he be proud of elbowing our ever dependable “Elephant”,
which is our supreme value and bedrock for octopus? If an octopus has now been
chosen at the expense of the party’s elephant, no doubt if they get the chance,
they will as well change the party’s core colours from the RED, WHITE & BLUE to
ORANGE, WHITE & GREEN, as it is shown in the image. As it is clearly created and
publicized in disguise. “A picture is worth a thousand of words!” But, it will
earn him NO hit.
As publicly as the image goes round the social networking site, Facebook and
possibly other areas of publicity as well, it is an obvious indication that,
Alan and his few people within our fraternity are excited. This sinister attempt
has undoubtedly added a false sound bite to his political campaign. Alan lacks
simple facts and anecdotes to market his political aspiration. This will in no
way earn him a field day but rather result in an ugly defeat.
There is no perfectly epicurean corner; there is no perfectly irresponsible
place in our party. A great party, our founding fathers have made for us with
sweat and carefulness. But he should be glad to know that, the net-maker did not
make the hammock in a fit of divine carelessness.
Any man can call spirits from the “vasty deed”………… but will they come when you
do actually call for them? I will take this opportunity to remind the political
shaman of Alan, who is invoking Octopus Paul’s prediction to revisit the
symbolic root of our great party. This cheap publicity will not wash, come
August 7th. Historical victory will one more time repeat itself.
We the dyed-in-the-wool of the Danquah Busia and Dombo, in the blessed memory
fraternity, do not and will never in any way associate ourselves and the
renowned and respectable party with any other animal or object apart from the
“Great Elephant”. Whether it rain or shine, we the true patriots will be guided
by the party’s tradition and legacy, which our founding fathers left us. And we
will continue to be on the right side of history.

This is a clear indication that if due diligence is not taken, Alan and his
minute group of people may change the party’s traditional symbol, core colour,
and rewrite the history of the party etc, should the party mistakenly fall into
their hands.
There are certain people who so ardently and passionately desire a thing, that
from dread of losing it they leave nothing undone to make them lose it. History
indicates that at a point he disowned the party publicly. So, his loyalty to our
noble party is highly questionable. No doubt Alan will send our great party to
the Sea Life Aquarium, Oberhausen in Germany, if he gets the mandate, instead of
battling the incumbent NDC.
He has tried and tested waters on his chances of winning across the length and
breadth of the country, but the only name that remains on people’s lips is
This eleventh hour political strategy will not in any way earn him the expected
The presidential primary is largely a symbolic exercise, interesting but
inconclusive for “candidates” loyalty and competence. Delegates are looking for
someone who truly believes in the cause of the party,-one who is ready to work
assiduously to recapture the political power from the inept NDC government.
Alan’s current inclination to Octopus Paul is a snapshot of his readiness to
gamble with the party’s effort to win 2012 elections. Being associated with the
octopus’ luck, tells the world that he is not up to task. We are not going to
unseat President Mills and his incompetent government on mere luck, but rather
through the dint of hard work, determination, loyalty and commitment.

Alan’s sense of seriousness and purposefulness is in question.
He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.
He who brings peace to His Universe brings peace to us, and to Israel –the book
of Hebrew. Alan Kyeremateng and his cohorts are confused to the point of holding
boff press conference, with his failed Stephen Ntim going haywire and crying
like a little baby on public radio. Their gross and childish bellyaching should
better be channelled to their newly found Octopus Paul. Their shout for help in
the night, is waking neighbours up. Now, if you do not have confidence in the
party’ s constitutionally mandated leadership, whom the delegates elected in the
spirit of patriotism, then it sends a signal of no-confidence in these same
delegates, who will be voting on August 7th. All this surmounts to a calculated
move to chicken-out one more from the party IF they lose the flagbearership
race. Wherever they may happen to turn, whatever they may undertake, they will
always end up by returning to that path which political nature marked out for
them. As they break their hearts, we the men in the party will still go on as
before. The party was too lenient on putting a lid on his “u-turn move through
the backdoor” story. The truth was generally seen, rarely heard. Are we sworn to
secrecy not to make it discussible? His political slogan-"job for the people,
cash for people"- is mere beer talking slogan in our modern politics.
We the loyal and leg-working youth of the NPP party do respect the Elephant
symbol of the party and the blessings that come with it. We strongly believe in
our party’s tradition and its core symbols. And, under no circumstance, will we
swap any of the party’s symbols, its relations with any other thing or image, as
Alan Kyeremateng and his camp have proudly demonstrated. How could they easily
forget the party’s supreme saying “OSONO AKYI, ABOA BIARA NI HO”, which
literally means “there is not any other animal after the elephant!”. At this
point, I want to know if Alan, and his political shaman, both imagine themselves
to be more intelligent than our founding fathers, and wiser than the delegates,
and the young followers, to trade our “Great Elephant” for an “Octopus”?
Alan should better know that, if he goes expressly to look at the moon, it will
become tinsel.
As NPP’s “Great Elephant” needs someone to lead, knows who he wants; Alan has no
idea, or whatsoever. There is only one particular person the “Elephant” wishes
well and only wish that he could wish better. Whatever Alan is intended to do,
he is not intended to succeed: failure is the fate allotted. As he yields to the
octopus taste, the delegates will yield to the taste of the elephant. The
bookmakers have written the “Octopus” off.
This mantra cannot in anyway lull the people’s support for the rightful
candidate who has successfully stood the test of time. This cheap tactics cannot
steal for Alan the political centre. The good delegates are not oblivious of
your past demeanor which has fractured the confidence they used to have in you.
The era of “Alan Cash” is over. He lacks cards to play the game. He is short of
the right mechanics to lead the party to victory.
This hoof beat will not stick. The “Elephant” is more impregnable than the
Octopus Paul. According to party insiders, the political codgers of the NPP
party have been prescient that, Alan is NOT going to make it on 7th August. He
lacks the requisite energy to fully engage in the political gamesmanship as the
NDC is in power. His achingly laconic campaign promises cannot earn him

Jerry Amponsah
(Facebook: King Sabbato)
New York, USA.