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Opinions of Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Columnist: Kwaku Badu

Mahama’s 2020 candidature and the sad memories of business crippling dumsor

It is absolutely true that for well over five years, dumsor revoltingly crippled businesses as a result of the mismanagement of the economy by Ex-President Mahama and his NDC appointees.

Unlike my inflexible maternal uncle Oliver, my uneducated, albeit reflective thinking mum, underwent a carefully considered reflection and graciously detached herself from the Umbrella fraternity.

I recall prior to the 2016 general elections, I had an interesting telephone conversation with my mother about politics and socio-economic standards of living in Ghana.

In fact, at no point in time during our interesting conversation that my mother indicated her willingness to detach herself from her unbridled loyalty to the NDC.

It therefore came as a surprise to me when my mother confided in me recently that she has ceased being a die-hard supporter of the NDC.

Wonders shall never end, they say. In fact, I never envisioned for a minute that my mother could one day cease being a brassbound supporter of the NDC.

And what was her excuse for detaching herself from the Umbrella fraternity?

According to my mother, the straw that broke the camel’s back was the panorama of sleazes and corruption amid the business crippling dumsor under the erstwhile NDC administration and the pragmatic implementation of the poverty reduction Free SHS by the Akufo-Addo’s government.

Let us admit, it is quite disheartening to see the NDC loyalists whose businesses were wilfully asphyxiated by Mahama’s appalling dumsor are squeamishly clamouring for the return of Ex-President Mahama and their beloved NDC.

The loyal supporters of Mahama should accept the fact that discerning Ghanaians have overcome their supposedly memory loss, and cannot so soon forget the terrible errors in judgement which culminated in economic hardships.

The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of unhappy Ghanaians voted against the NDC and Ex-President Mahama in the 2016 election largely due to the unresolved business crippling dumsor, the unpardonable incompetence and the wanton sleazes and corruption.

Gratifyingly, the hitherto mismanaged economy and the business crippling dumsor have since been brought under control by the NPP government under the able leadership of President Nana Akufo-Addo to the delight of discerning Ghanaians.

Strangely, however, whilst the Mahama loyalists are moving heaven and earth to have him back as the party’s next presidential candidate, the sceptics are insisting that Mahama was not up to the task during his tenure in office and must thus be ditched and replaced with a competent flagbearer.

Unsurprisingly, the seeming squabbling has culminated in a heated tussle over the choice of a suitable flagbearer to lead them to recapture the elusive victory in the 2020 general elections.

Whichever way you may view the issue under discussion, it is quite ironic that the brassbound Mahama loyalists do not want to acknowledge the fact that Ghana’s economy was in a mess because a large portion of the country’s resources went down the drain from the unobjectionable mismanagement and the wanton sleazes and corruption perpetrated by the officials of the erstwhile NDC administration led by Mahama.

With all due respect, it would appear that Mahama loyalists are living in a denial. They have indeed lost touch with the reality.

In fact, we do not have to look any further than the 2016 general elections results to acknowledge how Ghanaians were disgusted over Mahama’s dreadful errors in decision-making which culminated in economic meltdown.

But all said and done, the Mahama supporters are somehow jumping the gun. They are impatiently having a tussle over the choice of a viable flagbearer for the 2020 election.

In as much as the sceptics hold the preponderance of the argument about former President Mahama’s unpopularity, the diehard supporters will somehow succeed in their quest to bring back Mahama as their flagbearer.

Indeed, the vast majority of the NDC loyalists are living in a denial about former President Mahama’s much touted popularity and will thus choose him over any other presidential aspirant.

But the question one may ask the brassbound Mahama loyalist is: where is the justification about former President Mahama’s popularity and competence when his terrible errors in judgement sent Ghanaians into darkness for well over five years?

How can the diehard supporters convince some of us about former President Mahama’s ability to lead Ghana again when he woefully wasted Ghana’s scarce resources, including doling out huge sums of money to all sorts of people who contributed nothing to the nation building. Madam Akua Donkor of Ghana Freedom Party comes to mind.

Well, the Mahama loyalists must accept the fact that discerning Ghanaians cannot so soon forget the dreadful errors in judgement which culminated in economic hardships amid the unbridled business crippling ‘dumsor’.

You may believe it or not, the vast majority of aggrieved Ghanaians voted against Mahama in the 2016 election largely due to the unresolved dumsor.

But the dumsor has since been contained by the NPP government under the able leadership of President Nana Akufo-Addo to the delight of discerning Ghanaians.