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Opinions of Saturday, 9 January 2021

Columnist: Sir-Obama

An open letter to President Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo President Akufo-Addo

Dear Mr. President,

Good afternoon Your Excellency.

I will be very brief with my letter this afternoon and I respectfully crave your indulgence for same. Let me start by congratulating you on your re-election and swearing-in as the 5th president of the 4th Republic.

Undoubtedly, your good work in your first term won you this victory with over five-hundred thousand vote difference between you and the NDC flagbearer, Mr. Mahama. Ghanaians appreciate your competence and hard work.

As for the humiliation that greeted the party's parliamentary performance in the just-ended election such that the NPP dropped from 169 to 137 seats and had to beg the once denigrated Independent candidate and now MP for Fomena, Hon. Andrew Asiamah Amoako to rejoin us in order to form a majority in the august House of Parliament, the least said the better.

I, just like the millions of Ghanaians who watched you on TV when you mounted the podium to deliver your inaugural address before Parliament last Thursday, saw nothing other than GRIM on your face. Even your popular introductory phrase, "fellow Ghanaians" was conspicuously missing in your entire speech for the first time and that was unbelievable (I stand to be corrected).

I do not need any rocket scientist to help me appreciate the fact that you were not a happy man and indeed, you were justifiably right in exhibiting that trait for NPP folks who sabotaged the cause to appreciate the fact that you're really not fake. I commend you for that.

As to how some of your own NPP MPs could vote against the party's candidate for Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye amazes even the devil. "Suro nipa na gyae saman ampa." Your own people betrayed you when you needed them most.

The two MPs who caused the party's misfortune by their conduct are invariably telling you that they have no heart of loyalty. Their personal interest supersedes the collective interest of the NPP and this should be a wake up call to you Sir.

Mr. President, I know you're a good man who cherishes loyalty and hard work, however, I'm sorry to say, your "over-leniency" (for want of better words) is what has given room to this betrayal. Respectfully, you gave too much freedom and comfort to some of your MPs, Ministers and Deputies, MMDCEs, CEOs, MDs in your first term. Even on the face of overwhelming evidence of misconduct on the part of some, you still allowed them to stay on.

You rarely reshuffled your appointees in your first term. On the very few occasions you did, respectfully, it was more or less like musical chairs. The same "adikroment". Nothing extraordinary. Anytime I remember the days of former president Kufuor, I get disappointed and ask myself why you gave these crop of appointees so much freedom. Apart from his Defense minister who stayed on for long, virtually reshuffled his ministers every six months-1year. In your case, hmmmm.

Some of these very self-seeking appointees arrogated so much power unto themselves and behaved like tin gods in the government and party; displaying blatant opulence; sorting out their multiple girlfriends and cronies at the detriment of party footsoldiers who campaigned in the trenches leading to the party's victory.

Mr. President, I'm reluctantly restrained from citing specific examples, suffice to say, thankfully, you have a second chance to prove that you're the same fearless, tough-speaking, and no-nonsense Akufo-Addo Ghanaians knew in the 90s and early 2000s.

Sack the non-performing, disrespectful and arrogant appointees. They need no pampering or second chance, Sir. There are thousands of competent young men and women in the party who can also deliver.

Mr. President, you're loved by many. Some of us will stand by you through thick and thin but cannot promise the same for your appointees in your second term. Should they get themselves entangled in needless scandals and controversies, please note that footsoldiers will have no option than to openly criticize them. We'll do so not because we hate them but because we want the NPP to break the 8-years jinx. We cannot afford to lose power to the incompetent NDC in 2024.

Thank you.

Best wishes.

Assalamu alaikum.