The former national co-ordinator of the Ghana School Feeding Programme and leading member of the New Patriotic Party, Kwame Amoako Tuffour, has said that imposing incumbent MPs on constituents in the Ashanti Region will lead to acrimony among party members.

The year moved in a zigzag fashion, from slaps in Ayawaso West Wuogon to the take-off of a landmark agreement between Accra and Beijing to an aborted referendum.

Since the dawn of history, human existence across all cultures has had to cope with different people who were or are masters at causing confusion, creating trouble or making other human beings’ lives a misery, or who get stuck in the mud of socio-economic marginalisation. Some of these people are co-workers, clergy, wives/husbands, friends, journalists, musicians and, of course, kings or traditional rulers, judges/lawyers and politicians in general.

In psychology and in other human behavioural disciplines, these individuals can be classified as aggressive, passive-aggressive, pessimistic, manipulative, and so on. Regardless of the behavioural class they fit into, these characters tend to be “experts” at playing on other people’s intelligence or emotions.

Surely, they can easily manipulate the masses, learning how to condition themselves in order to come across as humble, charming, unthreateningly confident and remorseful in a subtle but fake way. In the process, the gullible among us, who include even some of the smartest people, often fall under the manipulative spell of these rabble-rousers.


If any political leader in Ghana today or in the past has been an “expert” at producing confusion in society/politics and creating dramatic/misleading scenes among vulnerable Ghanaians, in such a way that he/she will become the only person with control over these manipulations, it is none other than ex-President John Dramani Mahama

By all indications, the former President is a “political drama king” of the highest order. The saying goes: “Everything happens for a reason.” There must be a cosmic reason behind Mr Mahama’s middle name, “Dramani”. In the Queen’s English, as it is known, whenever one says that a person is full of drama, the disdainful implication evoked by the words is self-explanatory.

Clearly, former President John Drama/ni Mahama has mastered the art of exploitation with its attendant creation of socio-economic and political confusion among many Ghanaians.

No doubt, the “Bole Area Darling Boy” has persuaded himself first into believing that Ghanaians owe him additional years to call himself the nation’s President. So he insists that he must be elected/selected as President for a third time, by any means necessary. Anything short of becoming President again will probably torment his inner soul even after he has departed this place called Earth.

For sure, this mindset, created by a sense of entitlement, is one of the underlying reasons why the current chief bankroller of the National Democratic Congress is reacting so erratically and incoherently to many national issues as the country prepares for a general election in the latter part of 2020.

It seems as if nothing any Ghanaian does will ever
quench ex-President Mahama’s overweening thirst for power, unless that effort is consistent with his insatiable quest for the ultimate prize – to become President again and have another chance to misrule Ghana

Mr Mahama’s barely veiled and unwavering attitude bespeaks his unstated self-pity about how, since the inception of constitutional governance under the Fourth Republic, all former presidents, from Jerry John Rawlings to John Agyekum Kufuor to the late John Evans Atta Mills, completed two four-year terms each. He is the only exception.

Power at all costs

To this end, he passionately believes he still has four more years to go at Jubilee House that he needs to redeem this time owed him, at all costs. Put differently, ex-President Drama/ni Mahama – the only presidential incumbent in Ghana’s history so far to be defeated at the ballot box – speaks and behaves as if he is more Ghanaian than everyone else in this country today. His behaviour is that of a bitterly upset leader, straining every sinew to suppress a tide of electoral anger, frustration and political payback.

It seems as if nothing any Ghanaian does will ever quench ex-President Mahama’s overweening thirst for power, unless this effort is consistent with his insatiable quest for the ultimate prize of becoming President again. All he wants is to be given a chance to misrule Ghana again.

He makes self-serving demands as opposition leader and often backs them up with incomprehensible policy positions which conspire to reinforce the general narrative that he is not a competent leader. Yet many uninformed Ghanaians, including presenters and writers for certain media outlets, willingly serve as cheerleaders for Mr Mahama’s “entitlement” ambitions.

Besides the landmark Free Senior High School policy introduced by President Akufo-Addo and other, equally significant social programmes that are constant demonised by Mahama and his NDC, another notable state institution which bears a heavy burden from ex-President Mahama’s unreasonable and egocentric critiques is the Electoral Commission, led by Jean Mensa.

JDM and his minions apparently hold a “secret” grudge against the Electoral Commissioner, appointed by President Akufo-Addo, one which evidently springs from political vindictiveness.

NDC and false alarms

Consequently, Mrs Mensa has become the proverbial hen which, however beautifully it dances, can never satisfy the gluttonous instincts of the “hawk”, menacingly waiting to ambush the scrubby nest. Ex-President John Drama/ni Mahama simply cannot suppress his hawk-like instincts.

Unlike her predecessor as Electoral Commissioner, Mrs Mensa has been going the extra mile to address the concerns of all major stakeholders in the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections. But the entitlement-obsessed former President and his NDC clan repeatedly cry wolf over the conduct of the Commission. No matter. Their actions are quite predictable to those of us who can think critically for ourselves.

In one of his seemingly never-ending stream of political diatribes, Mr Mahama recently raised a bizarre objection against the Electoral Commission-created Eminent Advisory Committee. This is the same institution that some selfless and patriotic-minded Ghanaians, including the founder of the NDC, Flight Lieutenant Rawlings (rtd), described favourably as the “wisest thing ever” in Ghana’s electoral history.

Mr Mahama presented a typically incoherent reason for not supporting the Advisory Committee. This is because he would rather that Ghanaians wait until conflict erupts around processes leading up to or during the 2020 polls, so that the aggrieved political party or parties can seek redress or arbitration before any such advisory body.

Does this make sense? Any reasonable-minded human being knows the proactive way of approaching problems is by far superior to the reactive route.

Now almost every public policy must be on his terms, because over the past three years, the former President has developed a sense of entitlement to Ghana’s presidency.

He goes around acting like a former head of state who was cut short, deposed and not allowed to finish his “legitimate term of office”. So, the question is: if Mr Mahama and his NDC fail to win the presidency and a majority of seats in Parliament in 2020 (which they likely will), what next?

This is the scary posture adopted by former President John Mahama and his diehard, “acid-mouth” followers, whose party chairman’s voice was recently recorded allegedly planning to create chaos in Ghana to make the current Akufo-Addo government look bad. Indeed, ex-President Drama/ni Mahama does not sincerely want peace in the impending general election. After all, peaceful outcome to the 2020 election might not sit well with his “entitlement” story in Ghana’s political market ... or make it any more believable.

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