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Opinions of Sunday, 25 June 2017

Columnist: Kwaku Badu

Why no patriotic Ghanaian should shrill and thrill over Mahama’s comeback

Obviously concerned Ghanaians have every right to voice out their views over the horrendous errors in judgement which have invariably slackened Ghana’s economic development.

Having said that, I cannot get my head around the rationale behind the recent attacks and criticisms by sceptics to the effect that the NPP government has messed, or is messing the economy in barely six months into office.

Let us face it, though, the embryonic NPP government could not have messed up Ghana’s economy in just six months into office.

The fact however remains that the outgone NDC government’s awful errors in judgement or catastrophic decision-making collapsed Ghana’s economy, and, as a matter of fact, the extent of the mess is so huge that it cannot be undone in just six months.

The best the discerning Ghanaians could do is to have a little patience, whilst President Akufo-Addo and his government try to honour their part of the social contract. After all, we sufficiently endured the NDC’s turbulent eight years administration.

It is, however, worth emphasicing that our contemporary authority or government came into being, as a result of the emergence of social contract.

It was based on such schematic arrangement that the then presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, entered into a contract with the good people of Ghana prior to the 2016 election.

In practice, election is a social contract that exists between a candidate and a voter. In theory, the candidate solicits for votes in exchange of provision of relevant human needs.

I must, therefore, stress poignantly that we choose to exercise our democratic rights during elections in anticipation that our lives would be transformed positively through the expedient policies and programmes by the elected government.

If you may recall, during the 2016 electioneering campaign, the presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, beseeched the electorates to give him the mandate and in return, he graciously guaranteed everyone protection of life, property, provision of social infrastructure and amenities, better socio-economic standards of living and to a certain extent liberty.

Given the erstwhile NDC government’s ostensive economic enslavement, the good people of Ghana rightly bought into the mouth-watering promises and voted massively for the NPP Party and candidate Akufo-Addo.

In a great scheme of things, the good people of Ghana embraced NPP’s advantageous policies, such as one district one factory, one constituency one million dollars, one village one dam, free SHS, tax deductions among many others.

But in spite of the harsh economic conditions which led to the NDC’s humiliating defeat, former President Mahama and his teeming supporters are somehow living in a denial over the causes of their election loss.

Whilst in South Africa and sharing some of the things that led to his loss in the 2016 election, former President Mahama had this to say: “I had managed the economy and I knew what the economy could give the people and I told the people the truth that we need more hard work to be able to get out of where we are; my opponent promised heaven and you have the constraints of not being able to promise all the rosy things he was doing” (See: www.graphic.com.gh/politics). ›

Obviously, such a pronouncement could only be deemed as sheer political gimmickry, given that former President Mahama presided over so much sleazes and corruptions which largely culminated in Ghana’s economic downslide.

In addition to his dreadful economic management, former President Mahama took some bizarre decisions which did not go down well with the vast majority of discerning Ghanaians.

Take, for example, in spite of the vehement protestations, former President Mahama failed to withdraw the appointment of John Oti Bless who was reported to have castigated the Supreme Court Judges over their earlier judgement.

Consequently, many observers interpreted former President Mahama’s contemptuous nonchalance to mean that he was after all in support of the needless insults on the eminent Supreme Court Judges.

And what is more, in spite of the public uproar, former President Mahama somehow kept silent over the Montie three abhorrent insults on the Supreme Court Judges .

Back then, many discerning Ghanaians wondered if President Mahama was oblivious to the naked insults by the three Montie boisterous brats on the eminent Supreme Court Judges.

Nevertheless, it came to light that he was well aware of the Montie three’s shenanigans.

And, despite the public outcry, former President Mahama stooped to his brassbound party loyalists and went ahead and remit the sentences of the boisterous Montie three.

Preceding the Montie three remission, former President Mahama had unilaterally decided and accepted two former Guantanamo bay inmates from the United States at the blind side of the parliament of Ghana. How bizarre?

There were many dissenting views at the time. Subsequently, a couple of true patriots (including Nana B, an old boy of my alma mater, the mighty Prempeh College)took the case to the Supreme Court of Ghana for direction and interpretation as to whether if President Mahama breached the Constitution of Ghana on his isolated decision.

To his chagrin, the Supreme Court of Ghana recently gave a verdict that former President Mahama acted unconstitutionally by failing to confer with the parliament of Ghana before accepting the former prisoners of Guantanamo Bay.

To me, former President Mahama is somewhat indecisive to direct the affairs of Ghana. It may therefore explain why he steered Ghana into a ditch.