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Opinions of Sunday, 20 August 2017

Columnist: Kwaku Badu

Who are the minority NDC operatives trying to convince?

Perhaps, the minority NDC operatives are on a mission to placate their ever so peeved party supporters, hence their conspicuous and cumbrous efforts to relentlessly shrill and censure over any decision, whether good or bad, by the NPP government.

In any case, some of us cannot be hoodwinked or proselytised by the minority NDC’s sugar-coated sermons.

In fact, I cannot get my head around why the minority NDC operatives could organise a press conference to demand answers as to how and why the UT and Capital banks became insolvent within seven months into the NPP administration.

To me, the minority NDC operatives are trying their level best to give a dog a bad name and hang it.

Obviously they are working strenuously to find a fault, when there is none. How pathetic?

I have said time and time again that whenever the manipulating politicians attempt to resort to political inebriations with a view to deceiving the unsuspecting public, it becomes necessary for some of us to emerge from our hideouts and refute such belied facts.

First of all, I do not want to believe that the two banks under discussion encountered difficulties within the last seven months or so.

Secondly, with all due respect, the critics can never convince some of us to demit our puzzled countenance over their somewhat sophistic contention that the Bank of Ghana officials erred in their judgement with regard to the takeover of the distressed banks.

Indeed, the Bank of Ghana officials did not do anything wrong by timeously intervening and revoking the distressed banks licences.

After all, the vineyard news have it that a former top official of one of the aforesaid banks wrote a memo somewhere in 2014 to air his untold fears over a possible insolvency.

In fact, I have no reason to doubt the veracity of the former bank official’s internal memo.

If, indeed, the minority NDC operatives who were in power at the time did not pick up such signals, then it gives credence to their incompetent tag.

It would obviously give oxygen to Kweku Baako’s assertion that the minority NDC operatives are on course to “internationalise their incompetence.”

Let us be honest, it beggars belief how the minority NDC operatives are working assiduously in opposition. Needless to say that such a dedication to duty was somehow missing whilst in power.

As a matter of principle, some of us cannot abandon our arousing disgust anyhow, and, anytime soon over the erstwhile NDC government’s incompetence and the corrupt practices which brought about economic meltdown.

It is for this reason that I do not want to remit my indignation over the minority NDC’s apparent hypocrisy and their weird approach to providing opposition and alternative solutions to the NPP government.

Yes, the opposition is obliged to put the incumbent government on its toes. But the all-important question is: does the opposition NDC have to criticise for the sake of criticism?

To be quite honest, one cannot help but to laugh off over the minority NDC’s renewed conviction to expose and prevent perceived incompetence and sleazes.

All the same, that is the beauty of democracy. The minority NDC operatives are within their democratic right to grumble and speak their piece and criticise the infant NPP administration as they so wish.

Let us however be clear: in as much as the minority NDC operatives are trying their level best to convince their aggrieved supporters of their consuming desire to recapture power in 2020, they cannot and must not try to throw dust into our eyes.

But all said and done, the minority NDC operatives must exercise a great deal of restraint and try to offer constructive criticisms and put forward alternative policies and programmes.

Let me however be blunt: if what they are giving us at the moment is all that they can offer, then I am afraid their best is not good enough.