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Columnist: Bokor, Michael J. K.

The rumpus in the NPP: A wake-up call to the NDC and President Mahama

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Folks, no reason exists for anybody to under-estimate the ramifications of the rumpus tearing the NPP apart, especially in the wake of the gruesome and barbaric chemical warfare that has killed Alhaji Adam Mahama, the party's Upper East Regional Chairman.
In truth, the NPP is reeling terribly and will continue to do so for as long as inflammatory utterances continue to be made by those in it vested with some kind of authority and power to open their mouths anyhow. And there are many of such people, led by the imbecile called Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, a daft charlatan and upstart previously supported by the Kufuor system to be what he is but turning round to bite the finger that fed him before the fall of the NPP government.
Indeed, those who know the history behind Kennedy Agyapong's rise to what he is today (someone who was down in the dumps in The Bronx in New York as a taxi driver but who turned out to be crafty or cunning enough to exploit the benefits of the immigration stream involving Ghanaians) will not give him any credit for all the rabble that he is rousing in his own NPP and outside it. His wealth is the unfortunate consequences of the systemic lapses that he exploited and got shielded by the very Kufuor and Mpiani that he is cutting to size today for the good of the drug junky called Akufo-Addo.
Kennedy Agyapong has touched raw nerves with his latest show of notoriety, accusing former President Kufuor and Kwadwo Mpiani of being instrumental in the acid-bathing of Alhaji Mahama and leading the pack of aggressive and ill-informed (if not ill-bred) NPP youths to overturn the norm of party behaviour to oust Afoko and Agyepong from the legitimate office that the party's delegates voted them into.
Putting the rumpus in the NPP in its proper focus, we can say that the party's Fate for the future is being determined right in front of our eyes. The truth, then, is that the NPP is in total disarray and the searchlight is on Akufo-Addo as a weak leader. Will Ghanaians want such a weakling to be in charge of national affairs to tear their ranks apart? I will stick my neck out to say a loud and resounding "No"!!
I am more than thrilled to follow the goings-on in the NPP and to use them as a pointer to the fact that the Mahama-led administration can capitalize on the situation to redeem itself if it moves fast to solve pertinent problems that the NPP people have hitherto harped on to undermine it, but which are now being pushed to the back burner because of the traitorous behaviour of these Pharisees of Ghanaian politics..
I am convinced that if the government addresses these problems sooner than later, it will seal the seamy fate of the NPP for Election 2016. In effect, the government shouldact expeditiously to tackle the problems that the NPP people have been sounding out as their election trump-card (the fall in the Cedi and the "Dumsor" crisis, especially).
As soon as it addresses these problems and many others already known, it will take the sail out of the NPP's political gimmicks. Then, attention will remain on the internal crisis of the Asante-Akyem cabal that the NPP is. They are known for eating each other and will be punished as such by voters who want peace and not "all-die-be-die" to put the shrimp in office.
Action time, Mr. Mahama. Political expediency calls for something concrete to nip the NPP's negative politics in the bud.
Akufo-Addo's nonsensical clarion call, which leads to destruction only, must be proved as a threat to Ghana's future. As Shakespeare puts it, the best time to corrupt a man's wife is when she has fallen out with the husband. Now, the NPP has fallen out with itself and must be damaged. The government can do so now it solves pertinent problems without hesitation to make good that effort, Mr. Mahama. If you do so, the NPP's sail will flag because it will then have no message for the electorate to undo the NDC. No wind to drive it at a time when its own internal turbulence will attract the attention of the voters and alienate them. Such a party is belly-up for the final onslaught to demolish it. Mr. President, go for the kill.
The iron is hot now and must be hit hard. That's the best way to move so the NPP can be cut to size. While its so-called bigwigs jump at each other's throat, they provide the wide leeway for the NDC to pass through. As my friend puts it, when two dogs fight over a bone, the third one that passes by simply goes for the bone and walks away to enjoy it.
The fallouts from the rumpus in the NPP spell glory for the NDC and must be exploited. No doubt, Ghana will do better under the NDC than the NPP for as long as this Fourth Republic endures. The truth is that this Fourth Republic has more input from the pro-NDC camp than it does the anachronistic Danquah-Busia political trash. Folks, I am really in my element!!
I shall return…
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