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Opinions of Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Columnist: K. Badu, UK.

NDC’s ultra-opposition is utterly un-Ghanaian

“Being in Opposition is not just about opposing the Government. “There are occasions when the Opposition agrees with the Government. If the solution proposed by the Government has wide support, and is soundly based, then it’s only natural for the Opposition to agree (Dr Brash).”

Like my disputatious maternal uncle Oliver, who does not see anything good about the free SHS, the minority NDC operatives have a penchant for squalling, grouching and opposing for opposing sake.

And, if that was not the case, how could a supposedly credible opposition organise a press conference with a view to playing down the associated benefits of the newly implemented free SHS?

What is the relevance in debating endlessly over the taxonomic classification (nomenclature) of the otherwise expedient policy like free SHS?

To me, the assigned name of the free SHS policy is not pertinent; whether we call it progressively free or totally free. However, what matters most is the apparent massive benefits that can be realised from the advantageous policy.

Let us however admit, the opposition NDC’s relentless and needless press conferences are becoming extremely squeamish, and, one cannot help but to somehow laugh off the minority NDC’s renewed zeal to call press conferences at the slightest opportunity.

It is extremely heartrending to witness an opposition party whose responsibility is to provide a credible opposition, but disappointingly turning away from its core duty and rather engaging in needless press conferences.

That said, it is refreshing to see the minority NDC operatives desperately hopping around the globe with a view to detecting and preventing sleazes and corruptions in Ghana, something they failed to do whilst in power.

But then again, it is quite disappointing and hypocritical that the supposedly anti-corruption crusaders refused to speak against the alleged bribery and corruption scandals such as Ibrahim Mahama’s contemptible tax evasion, the infamous Bus Branding, Brazil World Cup, the Ford Expedition vehicle, GYEEDA, AZONTABA, SADA, SUBAH, the purported $200million debt incurred on the faded STS housing deal, the dubious Embraer 190 Aircrafts and hanger for the Ghana Armed Forces and over a US$100 million oil revenue loss between 2011 and 2013 as reported by the Public Interest& Accountability Committee.

And, given that sleazes and corruptions were prevalent during the NDC administration, and the newly anti-corruption crusaders turned a blind eye to the canker, one cannot help but to express endless scepticism over the opposition NDC’s newly adopted patriotism and solicitude for the wellbeing of Ghana.

Dearest reader, if such a bizarre attitude does not amount to double standard, what is it then?

Take, for instance, given the fact that the minority NDC operatives have developed a penchant for organising press conferences at the slightest opportunity with a view to highlighting matters of public importance, it is quite bizarre that they have blatantly refused to convene and speak publicly on the ongoing SSNIT corruption scandal.

Well, considering that the minority NDC operatives gleefully organised a press conference to demand answers as to how and why the UT bank and Capital bank became insolvent within seven months into the NPP administration, one would have expected the supposedly anti-corruption crusaders to take an issue over the SSNIT corruption scandal, but that has not been the case. How bizarre?

Let me however be honest, my heart will continue to bleed for my beloved Ghana, so long as we have in our midst the cunning wolves, who have unfortunately disguised themselves in sheep’s clothing.

I must, however, admit that if their weird posturing is anything to go by, then I will certainly venture to stress that the supposedly NDC corruption crusaders will not give their full support to the much awaited Special Prosecutor, who will certainly detect, prevent and deter the corrupt practices in the country.

And much as I do not want to accept the widely held assertion that politics is a dirty game, one would not be far from right to suggest that the political terrain is full of manipulating geezers.

Of course, political manipulators are not limited to Africa; it is a global phenomenon, so to speak.

However, I would like to believe that it is our part of the world (Africa), where political insobrieties and gimmicks are so widespread.

Perhaps, this is so because we have greater number of unlettered folks, many of whom cannot choose between unrepentant manipulators and morally upstanding politicians.

K. Badu, UK.