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Opinions of Thursday, 10 December 2015

Columnist: Michael Jarvis Bokor (Dr)

Martin Amidu misfires big time and must be ashamed!!

Folks, of all that Martin Amidu has been saying as a so-called Citizen Vigilante, none has come across as vile, atrociously childish, and vacuous his claim or boast that he stopped President Mahama from selling the Graphic Corporation.

In a news report attributed to him, he is quoted as saying many nonsensical things to confirm my earlier claim that he is an embittered character who is driven by nothing but arrogance and a misplaced hatred for President Mahama. In effect, Amidu sees himself as more "substantial" and more suitable to be the Northerner ruling Ghana and not President Mahama.

In the statement that he issued to make me see him the way I do, he is said to have "rubbished claims that he is envious of the President and his achievement".

“I shall not commit the major sin of envying or hating or being bitter against any creature of God Almighty or Allah. Always Grant me that Grace oh Lord”, he claimed (See http://www.ghanaweb.com/…/I-stopped-Mahama-from-selling-Gra…).

Yet, a cursory reading of his statement betrays him as a complete hater of President Mahama. Just consider these aspects:

President John Mahama nearly sold the Graphic Corporation when he was deputy minister of Communications under former President Jerry John Rawlings. According to him, the incident was the first to draw his attention to the inclusion of Mr. Mahama in the NDC government. He claimed that President Mahama would have privatized the Graphic Corporation but for his intervention through the letter that he sent to Rawlings.

MY ANALYSIS

Was President Mahama positioned to take such a unilateral action? Even, the Rawlings administration's Divestiture Implementation Committee itself couldn't just have disposed of any state-owned enterprise without the involvement of Rawlings or his appointed representatives as such. How could John Mahama have secretly privatized or sold the Graphic Corporation?

Such a shoddy lie shouldn't come from the lawyer that Amidu claims to be. Is it possible for Mahama to sell the Graphic Corporation, no matter his position in the Rawlings administration? Just one man selling a whole state-owned corporation? Is Amidu really normal?

"“As for President John Dramani Mahama I did not know him until he joined the NDC 2 Government after the 1996 Elections and became Deputy Minister of Communications." MY ANALYSIS

Who did Amidu consider himself to be at the time for him to want to know everyone committed to the Rawlings' cause before seeing value in such a person? I see in this a hollow attempt to portray himself as a "cadre" (belonging to the so-called "Old Guards") regarding all others not thinking and behaving like him as a newcomer to the NDC to be treated with contempt. Such a braggart has lost his footing in the NDC. No wonder he is contemplating forming his own political party. The wind will blow him away before he realizes what is happening to him.

Folks, even though Amidu claims that he doesn't hate President Mahama, his public posturing, rhetoric, and empty boasts betray him. The same applies to Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings who is walking a tightrope badmouthing President Mahama. Such vain attempts at undermining him won't succeed.

I am happy that despite all their provocative utterances and name-calling, President Mahama hasn't deigned responding to them. Neither does he want to dignify them by reacting to their claims. That is the nature of the gentleman that he is.

As I have already said, those embarking on this kind of hate programme will end up being eaten up by their own bitter hearts. A short "Tweeaa" to them for maximum effect!!

I shall return…