Does Kyerematen Speak for Akufo-Addo? – Asks Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jnr., Ph.D.

Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jnr., Ph.D.

I don’t know what really prompted Mr. Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen to make his all-too-pedestrian assertion of neither he nor Nana Akufo-Addo being bigger than the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP). For the former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice has never made any such grandiose statement or even implied the same (See “NPP Bigger Than Akufo-Addo And I – Alan Kyerematen” MyJoyOnline.com / Ghanaweb.com 1/3/14).

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On the part of Mr. Kyerematen, however, such statement is perfectly understandable. For he was the one who, in the lead-up to Election 2008, summarily resigned from the party, against the foresighted advice of distinguished and elderly party stalwarts like the late Mr. B. J. da Rocha. At the time, as I vividly recall, Mr. Da Rocha categorically and publicly stated that Mr. Kyerematen was a morbidly selfish man who did not have the interest of the party at heart.

Mr. Kyerematen’s inexcusably hollow pretext for resigning was that his followers and sympathizers were being antagonized by the backers and sympathizers of Nana Akufo-Addo. Interestingly, the latter’s supporters have in the past made a similar accusation against the supporters and sympathizers of former President John Agyekum-Kufuor. But that did not prompt Akufo-Addo from shipping out of the party. Rather, he worked his lungs out thrice to guarantee the success of his former NPP arch-rival. The same can hardly be said of Mr. Kyerematen.

In all likelihood, the former Trade and Industry Minister had contemplated the possibility of founding his own party. And then, of course, the grim reality set in, for back then speculation was rife that he would do just that. Maybe he was far too smart to have immaturely arrived at such a patently flagrant and downright cynical decision.

What is clear, though, is that Mr. Kyerematen and his supporters would need to do a lot of heavy-lifting before he could, once more, be able to regain the trust and confidence of the bulk of the membership and supporters of the New Patriotic Party. As of now, the former Ghanaian Ambassador to the United States cannot be trusted because he predicated his so-called political come-back in the lead-up to Election 2012 on a shameless and patent lie.

Yes, I am calling Mr. Kyerematen a shameless liar because when cold reality kicked him back into membership of the NPP, he flatly denied before a teeming audience of party supporters and sympathizers in the Teshie-Nungua township, of the Greater-Accra Region, that he never left the party, after all. Well, the fact of the matter is that Mr. Kyerematen had officially vacated his membership of the NPP and even written and appended his signature to his resignation letter.

Now, we have somebody going by the name of Luther King – I hope that is his real name, as I don’t spar with pseudonymous cowards – claiming to be an NPP polling station secretary and insisting, rather vacuously, that Mr. Kyerematen had, somehow, been sidelined by the Akufo-Addo Campaign and not even been allowed to speak on campaign platforms. Mr. Luther King, in a rejoinder to my article captioned “Re: What Does Alan Kyerematen Mean?” lamely claims that his apparent paymaster was accorded shabby treatment at an NPP campaign launch at the Mantse Agboona. I expect an honest eyewitness to rejoin Mr. Luther King’s accusation and set the record straight very soon.

My worry here, though, regards the kind of polling results the NPP can expect, with internal Quislings and Benedict Arnolds like Mr. Luther King manning polling stations in the name of the party. I make the foregoing statement because Mr. Kyerematen did not compete in Election 2012 either at the presidential level or the local, constituency level. So who possibly could Mr. Luther King have worked for? President John Dramani Mahama? The dear reader can figure that out for her-/himself.

I also don’t know that Mr. Kyerematen has anybody to forgive among the rank-and-file membership of the New Patriotic Party but himself. He probably regrets having so rashly resigned his party membership barely four months to Election 2008. The question for Mr. Luther King is this: Why should Mr. Kyerematen expect any critical mass of NPP members and supporters to rally around him in his rather quaint quest to leading the party to Election 2016, when he so selfishly denied Akufo-Addo the same opportunity?

Has it not been wisely observed time and again, that “One good turn deserves another”? How about a bad turn? Then, also, who sounds like a sycophant or a hero worshipper? Mr. Luther King or yours truly? Dear readers, you decide for yourselves.

Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D. Department of English Nassau Community College of SUNY Garden City, New York

E-mail: okoampaahoofe@optimum.net

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