Former President John Mahama is clearly behaving like an erratic baby.
But we understand him, somehow, if he has his worries as a fading politician who will have made history after December 7, 2020 not only for running Ghana into Election Petition and to the brink of anarchy, but also being walloped twice on the trot, both in and out of office.
With the signs of defeat being ominous, it tells on the demeanour and campaign tempo of the former President, resulting in him griping over all sorts of issues as if there were no courts in the country or structures to resolve those issues he has problems with. Again, it is as if he is the only Ghanaian and prince who has issues and who must be pampered to sleep before the rest can also sleep.
Countryside bawdy notes
Some people can understand if Akua Donkor or PNC’s Ayariga make a joke out of the issues, out of stark ignorance; and we may understand if exuberant National Democratic Congress communicators miscommunicate for propaganda purposes or run slides for the media based on false data and analysis as well as frivolous and vexatious assumptions.
But, this is a former President and a former head of the NDC government’s Economic Management Team, under late President John Evans Atta Mills, who significantly dropped a growing economy out of naked incompetence.
It is worse still if he avoids the lenses of the media in urban areas and whips up emotional sentiments in the countryside against the government, while avoiding the evidence of his poor governance output and corrupt practices that took Ghana to an ignoble IMF programme.
And this is where objectivity comes in as part of the debate to move Ghana forward, and for which reason we should be investigating the persona of John Mahama and his refusal to identify his gripes objectively, while he predicts chaos in the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Mr Mahama alleges, for instance, that the structures underpinning the processes that would roll out the December 7 elections are flawed. And General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia wades into that lie, adding venom to it; and the irresponsible, skulking communicators, who have not seen a February 24, 1966 or June 4 or December 31, flexes, threatening everybody, including the national security apparatus.
His argument is that the EC cannot be trusted. He, however, fails to drag the EC’s operatives before the relevant structures and stakeholders, including the Inter-Party Advisory Committee, but barks and barks in the countryside, sounding incoherent in everything except his nauseating, repetitive gripes, which nobody seems to understand.
As major stakeholders, we believe it is time for NDC kingpins – unless they have an agenda to deceive John Mahama to hang himself – to draw his attention to the self-destruct controversy and get him change his arguments to Ghana and not Mahama.
He should be told that before he was born or entered politics, Ghana saw more than what he seems to be preaching.
As it always happens, those like him who failed to allow the nation rest got caught in their own evil devices.
Statesman or renegade
As someone whose father saw it all, and someone who almost became a victim of the politics in his father’s days, we believe Mr Mahama should be the first to learn to build peace, and not instigate anarchy.
It is now for him to prove to Ghanaians and the global community his true nature, by how credible a person he is, into the few weeks ahead, and how he reacts, beyond the posturing, after the results have been announced.