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Opinions of Saturday, 28 August 2021

Columnist: Kwaku Badu

On Mahama’s 2024 presidential bid: Who is not scared of the irritating dumsor?

Former President John Dramani Mahama Former President John Dramani Mahama

It would be recalled that subsequent to former President John Dramani Mahama’s announcement of his intention to contest the NDC’s 2020 flagbearer race, a number of prominent NDC members and well-wishers came out and expressed grave concerns over the ex-president’s somewhat strange decision.

Eminent people like Nunoo Mensah, Kojo Yankah, Ambassador Osei, amongst others were said to have suggested to Mahama to rescind his weird decision.

The NDC stalwarts concerns stemmed from the fact that Ghanaians rejected former President Mahama massively in the 2016 election, and therefore it will be politically suicidal for anyone to clamour for his return.

Besides, the founder of NDC, the late Rawlings, was not in agreement with the teeming supporters who were gleefully clamouring for the return of the ‘losing horses’.

Take, for instance, prior to the 2016 electioneering campaign, the late Rawlings kept grouching, shrieking and raising concerns about the rampant sleazes and corruption in the NDC administration led by former President Mahama.

In fact, it would only take a doubting Thomas or a disputatious character to suggest that discerning Ghanaians have soon forgotten and forgiven Mahama for collapsing businesses through dumsor for well over four years.

We cannot, therefore, deny or ignore the fact that for well over four years, dumsor, unfortunately, crippled businesses as a result of the mismanagement of the economy by the erstwhile Mahama administration.

The dumsor was so irritating to the extent that my uneducated, albeit reflective thinking mum, who had a soft spot for NDC, 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 intention to detach herself from her unbridled loyalty to the NDC.

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

Wonders shall never end, they say. In fact, I never envisaged in a million years 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 catalogue of sleazes and corruption amid the business crippling dumsor under the erstwhile Mahama administration.

It is, therefore, quite disheartening to see the NDC loyalists whose businesses were wilfully crippled by Mahama’s appalling dumsor squeamishly clamouring for the return of Ex-President Mahama and their beloved NDC.

Whatever the case, the loyal supporters of Mahama should accept the fact that discerning Ghanaians have overcome their supposed memory loss and cannot so soon forget the terrible errors in judgement that culminated in economic hardships amid the business crippling dumsor.

It is absolutely true 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 previously 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.

Whilst the Mahama loyalists are moving heaven and earth to help him reclaim the presidency in 2024, the sceptics, both outside and inside the NDC, 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.

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 through unpardonable mismanagement and the wanton 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 reality.

In fact, we do not have to look any further than the 2016 and 2020 general elections results to acknowledge how Ghanaians were disgusted over Mahama’s dreadful errors in decision-making which culminated in the unspeakable dumsor.

That being said, in as much as the sceptics hold the preponderance of the argument about former President Mahama’s unpopularity, the diehard supporters will keep cheering him on.

Indeed, the vast majority of the NDC loyalists are living in a denial about former President Mahama’s perceived capability and popularity and will thus push him to another embarrassment
in 2024.

The all-important question every discerning Ghanaian should be asking the Mahama loyalist is: where is the justification for former President Mahama’s popularity and competence when his terrible errors in judgement sent Ghanaians into darkness for well over four 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.

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

Suffice it to stress that the dumsor has since been contained by the NPP government under the able leadership of President Akufo-Addo to the delight of discerning Ghanaians.

His Excellency Vice President Bawumia was right, the dumsor was a financial problem more than anything else. Needless to point out that the financial problem is being managed prudently by the NPP government.