It is rather laughable to hear Nana Ohene Ntow, the former New Patriotic Party (NPP) General-Secretary, decry the legitimate stance of party members hell-bent on having Nana Akufo-Addo stand unopposed for the third consecutive time as the NPP's Presidential Candidate for Election 2016 (See "Alan Unperturbed by Renewed Support for Nana Addo – Ohene Ntow" Citifmonline.com 5/28/14).
According to Nana Ohene Ntow, such calls are flagrantly undemocratic and virulently antithetical to the political culture and tradition of the New Patriotic Party. The Kyerematen aide is perfectly right; except that his favorite horse in the lead-up to the Election 2016 NPP Presidential Primary is not laudably known to play by the democratic rules and the established political culture of the party of Danquah, Dombo and Busia. Alan Cash's most salient trait has been to selfishly walk away from the party with his hands in his pockets on every one of the two occasions that he unsuccessfully challenged Nana Akufo-Addo for the flagbearership of the party.
And recently, having grimly, albeit reluctantly, come to terms with the fact of having effectively burned his proverbial bridges, in terms of his confidence and trustworthiness among staunch members and supporters of the NPP, Alan Cash, as Mr. Kyerematen is popularly known, has resorted to making quixotic claims about being firmly in control of "floating" or "swing" voters. The fact of the matter, and Nana Ohene Ntow may not like to hear this, is indisputably that Alan John Kwadwo "Quitman" Kyerematen has always been a "floating Voter" himself.
In 2008, rather than constructively and wisely collaborate with the man who convincingly defeated him for the NPP flagbearership, Mr. Cash chose the most psychologically and emotionally immature and selfish way out by summarily resigning his party membership with barely four months to the general election. He would also spend most of the 2012 electioneering season trying to get as far away from party members and supporters as possible, by selfishly concentrating his energies and resources on his fruitless contest for the job of CEO of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
It is this crassly gross opportunism on the part of Mr. Kyerematen that clearly informed the decision of the membership of the Greater-Accra Regional Youth Wing of the New Patriotic Party to resoundingly endorse the candidacy of Nana Akufo-Addo, as well as vehemently call for the former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice to run unpposed as the 2016 Presidential Candidate of the NPP.
What is also annoying is the mischievous thinking, and mindset, of Mr. Kufuor's Trade Minister that, somehow, he has every democratic right to walk away for the greater good and interests of the party at whim, without having to pay, in any way whatsoever, for the negative and far-reaching impact of his gross misbehavior.
Indeed, if Nana Ohene Ntow half-appreciated the imperative need for team playing, against all odds, he would not be shilling for Alan Cash, unarguably the most divisive front-bench member of the New Patriotic Party. The again, why make an issue of the massive and cross-sectional support of Nana Akufo-Addo by core party members and delegates, if, indeed, Mr. Kyerematen couldn't care less about the same, Nana Ohene Ntow?
*Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.
Department of English
Nassau Community College of SUNY
Garden City, New York
Board Member, The Nassau Review