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Opinions of Thursday, 13 December 2012

Columnist: Tweneboah-Koduah, Nana Akua

As Akufo-Addo Goes Down

…World Leaders Celebrate Mahama

By Nana Akua Tweneboah-Koduah

You don’t need to be a sage to conclude that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the NPP’s unsuccessful presidential candidate in the 2012 elections is gasping for his last political breath. And you also don’t need to be a politician to conclude that most Ghanaians have had enough of Akufo-Addo’s bluff and are moving on without him.

Elections are conducted throughout the world and when it’s over and winners are declared life returns to normal. But this does not happen in Akufo-Addo’s world as he had always tried to create unnecessary tensions anytime he goes down in a presidential race. He did it in 2008 and as history had always repeated itself, Akufo-Addo is doing it again in 2012.

Gradually, those who did not believe it before that Akufo-Addo has an insatiable taste for political power are falling in line. Akufo-Addo’s thugs who have started causing mayhem with the murders, beatings and stabbing of some NDC supporters has served as an eye opener to Ghanaians that Akufo-Addo’s paramount interest solely rest in political power and nothing else.

As Akufo-Addo steams and demonstrates that apart from being a sore loser who has no match in Ghana’s political history, he is also a cry-baby who cries about nothing. Don’t you think that if the NPP people indeed have glaring evidence about being robbed by the Electoral Commission or the NDC they would have gone to court the very next day after the elections were called in favour of President Mahama and the NDC? Its five days today but the NPP have not yet gone to court but just making mere buzzing noise.

But there is good news for President Mahama. The world has taken note of the elections in Ghana and apart from concluding that it was free, fair and transparent, Mahama has also been given the recognition that he was indeed the winner.

That is why World Leaders have started to celebrate President John Mahama. The US President, Barak Obama has sent in his congratulatory message to President Mahama for winning the elections. We have also heard from the British Government as well as the AU Chairman, Yayi Boni. In the case of the latter he personally flew in to Ghana and tried unsuccessfully to persuade Akufo-Addo to accept the will of the people who voted for President Mahama and concede defeat.

The Nigerian President, Mr. Goodluck Jonathan has also thrown in his hat to President Mahama, whilst the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms. Catherine Ashton also showed her support for President Mahama. I cannot leave out former UN Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan who is of the view that President Mahama had won the elections hands down.

If Akufo-Addo had not been reading or watching TV lately, I will encourage him to do so because power has indeed fleeted away from him. If you win national elections and you have these world power brokers falling behind you to declare their support, then you have nothing to worry. For the purposes of educating Akufo-Addo and the NPP supporters, I will say that Ghana is being showcased as the beacon of democracy in the Africa and to some extend Third World countries.

Therefore, there is no way the world will stand by and allow Akufo-Addo to run amok with his paid thugs to cause fear and mayhem in the country. The behaviour of Akufo-Addo within the past 5 days has clearly left sour grapes in the mouth of some even die-hard NPP supporters who have regretted voting for him. They have come to terms that Akufo-Addo does not care about anything apart from political power. Anything short of political power does not exist in his vocabulary.

Otherwise, how can somebody like Akufo-Addo go down in a presidential election with more than 3 percentage points against him falsely claim to his supporters that he won the elections? Only in Akufo-Addoland will such issues happen.