I will be very brief with my letter this afternoon, and I respectfully crave your indulgence for same. Let me start off 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 against the NDC flagbearer, Mr. Mahama). That is indeed evidence of the fact that 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 virtually beg the once ostracized independent candidate and now MP for Fomena, Hon. Andrew A. Asiamah to rejoin the NPP’s MPs 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).
As to how some of your own MPs could vote against the party’s candidate for Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye amazes even the devil. Our forebears couldn’t have been wrong when they coined the adage, “Suro nipa na gyae saman ampa.” (To wit, be cautious of the living than a mere ghost). Nana, 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 as you. Their personal interest supersedes the collective interest of the NPP and this should be a wake-up call to you, respectfully.
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 grimace for NPP folks who sabotaged the worthy cause to appreciate the fact that you’re a realist, and not fake. In fact, l commend you for that.
Mr. President, there is no denying the fact that you are 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 Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MPs, CEOs, MMDCEs and CEOs in your first term. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence of misconduct on the part of some, you 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 this crop of appointees so much freedom. Far from doing a comparison, suffice to say Kufuor, apart from his Defence Minister (a very sensitive portfolio) who stayed on for long, virtually reshuffled his ministers every almost every year. In your case, that didn’t happen.