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Opinions of Monday, 8 September 2014

Columnist: Sarpong, Justice

NPP Is On A Losing Collision Course In 2016

Ghana is in an economic lyrical limbo with this Mahama Ndc administration and Ghanaians are yearning for a change but a change to what political party? Mr Nduom's PPP, Samia Nkrumah's CPP or the Northern based PNC Parties are not an option. They are only Parties in name and does not register a blip on the political radar. The only alternative party is the NPP but is that party ready to rule the country when it cannot even solve its own internal wranglings? These are the headings of some of the articles coming from the NPP camp;

1. NPP race: You’re a ‘coward’ if you opt out now – MP dares Alan

2. Alan supporters are NDC moles – NPP MP

3.Don’t beg Alan - Ken Agyapong

Columnist: Agyemang, Katakyie Kwame Opoku

4 .Never Trust Akufo-Addo; He Would Deceive you in 2016

Reading through all these articles, one gets an impression that NPP stalwarts don't understand the meaning of constructive criticism and has turned constructive criticism into destructive criticism. Choosing a Party Presidential candidate is like a friendly soccer match. Though you want to win, you don't want to play too hard and get your Players injured before the real match where the prize is a treasured cup like African Champions cup or world cup champions.

In the case of NPP, it seems getting the Npp Presidential nominee is more valuable than winning the Presidential elections itself because they are destroying the two likely nominees, Nana Akuffo Addo and Mr Alan Kwadwo Kyerematten as both camps have embarked on a tintinnabular match of insults it will be an uphill task to repair the damage done and build a party unity that it needs to unseat the incumbent Mahama Ndc government.

As a Nana Akuffo Addo supporter, I blame Nana's supporters for being not too smart and have not learned why Nana lost the 2008 and 2012 elections irrespective of whether we think the elections were stolen. Nana Akuffo Addo is more likely to win the nomination unless somebody can point an igloo in Arizona desert to me in September so his supporters should be more civil and magnanimous to Alan people since we will need Alan and his supporters to scale the wall of victory in 2016 but what do we see from those Nana supporters who are all over the airwaves "demagogueing" Alan and his supporters. Are these diarrhea of the mouth of Nana's supporters the way to win voters to your side?

"The NPP Member of Parliament for the Awutu Senya East constituency, Mavis Hawa Koomson, has accused supporters of flagbearer aspirant, Alan Kyeremanten of leaking the party’s strategies and confidential information to the NDC during the 2008 and 2012 elections.According to her, senior members of the party have credible evidence that people loyal to the former Ghana ambassador to the US have been snitching on the party for some time now."

"Titus Glover MP NPP

A Legislator of the main opposition New Patriotic Party, Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, says the three flagbearer-aspirants seeking to nudge off two-time presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, from the standard-bearer throne, are “cowards” if they withdrew from the race now."

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has taken exception to suggestions that NPP presidential hopeful, Alan Kyerematen, should be begged to step down from the presidential race.According to him, Mr. Kyerematen managed just eight per cent.Mr. Agyapong said the votes that Mr. Kyerematen secured were insignificant, therefore the presidential hopeful doesn’t deserve to be begged to step down from the race."

It is just sad Titus Glover and Kennedy Agyapong have not done indagate to find out why Nana lost in the two previous Presidential elections and they would have found out that what Kennedy Agyapong termed insignificant votes are what led to Nana Akuffo Addo's defeat. How do you appeal to your opponent to back your Presidential aspirations when you call them cowards? Does these people understand that politics is a game of numbers, I mean adding numbers and not subtracting from your political base?

Kennedy Agyapong has not even realized his infamous "Asantes should kill Ewes and Gas" contributed significantly to Nana losing votes from not only Gas and Ewes but all peace loving Ghanaians who love to live in peace even with the economic hardship than to live in plenty and a tribal war torn country?

The face Nana Akuffo Addo supporters show on our televisions and the sophomoric vituperations spastic rantings on radios, especially on Oman Ghana London based callers who don't even have votes and Adom FM radio are driving away voters who might have considered voting for Nana from within Npp and outside NPP.The troth of these callers are questionable not because their loyalty is in doubt but their analytical reasoning is what needs to be calibrated.

If this message gets to Nana Akuffo Addo, he should make a statement and appeal to his supporters who appear on talk shows and callers to talk shows to show their support without insulting others whose votes and support he will need to win the December 2016 elections.

I am also appealing to the other candidates supporters, especially Alan supporters to stop their personal attacks on Nana Akuffo Addo because he is more likely going to win the Npp nomination and they should not make it difficult on themselves to join Nana's campaign in 2016 when all hands are needed on deck to kick the Mhama useless administration from power. The repairing of bridges to the city called UNITY starts now and all Elephant family members should realize we are all in the same boat fighting for a common cause to send Mahama packing to Bole in January 2017.

Justice Sarpong