Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Ghana: Presidential Politics and the Future of Country - AllAfrica.com

Okyere BonnaAccra

It must be recalled that on December 23, 2007, Akufo-Addo was elected as the NPP's 2008 presidential campaigner at a political party congress, receiving 47.96% of valid ballots (1,096 votes).

Although he drop short of the needed 50%, the second-place candidate, Toilet Alan Kyeremanten, conceded licking and backed Akufo-Addo. He was chosen from among 17 other competent aspiriants to be nominated as the presidential campaigner of the government NPP.

According to a communiqué issued by NPP Elections 2008, the political campaign squad dwells of eight Chairpersons of Specialized Committees of the political party namely: Dr Chester A. Arthur Jack Kennedy in-Charge of Communications; Mr. Dan Botwe in-charge of Electoral Affairs; Mr. Hackman Owusu-Agyeman, Fund Raising; Mr. Alan Kyeremanten in-charge of Identifiable Groups; Dr Kwame Addo-Kufuor in-charge of Security and Mr. Felix Owusu-Adjepong in-charge of Traditional Affairs.

The others are Dr Owusu Afriyie-Akoto in-charge of Manifesto, Mr. Victor Newman in-charge of Research and Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku was named as Political Campaign Director. Mr. Roland Saka was named deputy sheriff sheriff in- complaint of the Northern Sector and Multiple Sclerosis Sophia Horner-Sam, deputy in complaint of the Southern sector. The rest: Mr. Simon Peter Macintosh Manu, National Chairman; Nana Ohene Ntow, General Secretary, Mr. Yaw Osafo Maafo, Multiple Sclerosis Mawusi Awitty and Hajia Rukia Ahmed. Mr. Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey caputs the 23-member political campaign squad for the New Patriotic Party

One societal and political observer had this to state on Ghanaweb.com after the news was released:

"Dream squad outdoored! Discerning Ghanaians have got heaved a suspiration of alleviation today to cognize that there is truly integrity in the Nice Peoples Party and that the country's existent Democrats are all on board the political campaign squad of the freedom fighter, Nana Akufo Addo.

It is no surprise to happen that all members are winners and born politicians not by-force politicians. The axial rotation phone call of these giants of Ghana's political relation have immediately set a nail on the casket .With the quality of work force to be in complaint of all facets of the political political campaign of Nana Akuffo Addo, Ghanaians will be served with a political campaign based on issues and path record devoid of mudslinging"

Granting that he maintains them and takes them serious and not just to win the elections, this writer is somehow confident Nana Addo will make well.

By every count, this writer expects Nana Akufo Addo to be the adjacent president of Ghana. This writer believes Nana Akufo-Addo volition be a great president. His ground is partly derived from Nana Akufo Addo's long standing experience and initial attempts to unify the Party (NPP). This writer have assurance in the campaigning of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for respective reasons, including but not limited to the following:

Though Nana Akufo Addo have been in authorities or served in public business business office for this long we don't look to hear any bad things or slurs on his occupation or office. While the writer may desire to acknowledge that Nana Akufo Addo have not been seen as a transformational leader, creating new doctrines and ideals (or adding new things), he have stood his land as portion of the status-quo, without tainting his office(s). To the best cognition of this author, Nana Addo have not had struggles of involvements with the authorities he have served under. Even arsenic portion of the Establishment, Nana Akufo Addo have been a good squad participant and still maintained his dignity.

Recently, Nana Akufo-Addo, as the presidential campaigner of NPP, have apparently emerged as integrating some of the critics of his disposal in his core group. He have also brought into his political campaign most of, if not all, his oppositions in the NPP elections. This is unheard of in African politics.

Following his triumph in the December 2007 Particular National Delegates United States Congress Nana Addo have been exhibiting some transformational leading roles. This is a good mark for our democracy. In his first fourth estate conference, Nana Akufo-Addo have announced somes 23-member political campaign squad including most of the personalities who contested the NPP leading race (bitterly) against him in December 2007 and lost (See above).

Albeit, this writer accepts to some extent that our (Ghana's) constitution(s) put(s) tremendous powerfulnesses of authorities on the President therefore one must be careful to pre-judge a possible disposal until work is in process. It is the supplication of this writer that should Nana Addo go our adjacent president he would be willing to negociate some of those powerfulnesses that are keeping Ghana's development backward.

It must be reiterated that the original fundamental law of Republic Of Republic Of Ghana had the aim of protecting a colonial government based on protecting the business office of Her Magesty, the Queen of England. Then one darings not differ with the monarch. We must therefore be careful to back up in unequivocal footing any leading in Republic Of Ghana that is not willing to revisit the renters of our constitution. From his past engagement in public office, Nana Akufo Addo's campaigning may not fall short of this longing transformational leading theoretical account though.

As a strong advocator of the Rule of Law, I would wish to presume that the campaigning of Nana Addo would tap into his experience as once a practician in the European legal system to convey the same degree of regard and pattern of the Western experience in Ghana. I make bold state that until the Laws of our state are enforced by the courts, irrespective of how many mulct and great politicians we acquire there would still be unfairness and corruption, making the economical aims of a government non-effective.

Involvement of such as statesmen as Dr. Jack Kennedy may convey some fresh air and a suspiration of relief, above all, if and when the best encephalons of the resistance are also tapped into by our adjacent president. However, it (the 2009 administration) MUST get with some amendments to the 1992 fundamental law of Republic Of Republic Of Ghana to supply the needful bank checks and balances to curates of state and public officers.

A strong and echt engagement of the young person in the adjacent Ghanaian disposal would be bracing and a echt measure towards development in Ghana in peculiar and Africa's political procedure at large. This author, therefore, happens Nana Addo's gesture of involving many of the young person (who contested against him refreshing. Should he (Nana Addo) be willing to tap into the pizzazz of the youth, especially the likes of Jack Kennedy and Dr. Frimpong-Boateng, Nana Addo's disposal could travel Republic Of Ghana forward and closer to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Notwithstanding, the procedure must get with a alteration of the 1992 Fundamental Law and do strong lawsuit for an independent bench that would control the surpluses of the executive director subdivision and the legislative branch. I would wish to presume that the adjacent political disposal have got started putting in topographic point some codifications of ethical motive that individual appointees would have to subscribe and submit to. A mere statement of Zero Tolerance will not suffice.

One advice for such as an disposal would be, to set many of the young person in cardinal policy places and not under the shadows (but monitoring device them well). Past disposals have got frustrated the Youth, and failed the state miserably. By ignoring the ideals of the Youth, you turn them into the position quo. Though some have got got been incorporate in the assorted governments, in the past, they have only been suppressed by the Constitution and turned into "mail men" or India rubber postages (and worse looters). To set it simply, great heads and thoughts (of the Youth) have got hitherto been marginalized by the Establishment.

Our adjacent president would make himself some good if he be willing to take the positions of the progressive Ghanaians/Youth with a pinch of salt over and above his egotism or sycophants. Please make not cut down your subsidiaries to "Yes men", it will come up back to ache you

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