Opinion: Incoming Vice-President? Please!!! by Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD

Professor Naana Jean Opoku-Agyemang 

The brief news story began by describing Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu as a former Minister of Education. In reality, the reporter ought to have pointedly indicated that it was Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu who, as Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, colluded with the rest of the leadership of the National Democratic Congress, including the late President John Evans Atta-Mills, to help Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome, the Chief Financier of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to literally rob Ghanaian taxpayers to the whopping tune of GHȻ 51.2 Million. You see, Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu was the Atta-Mills-appointed Attorney-General and Minister of Justice before she was deviously and strategically transferred from the latter ministry to the Ministry of Education as a subterfuge, as the thievish mess that she helped create became a national scandal.

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It was some oxymoronic kind of “punitive reward” for having so successfully assisted the NDC leadership to literally pocket the Ghanaian people’s money. Then a visibly ailing President John Evans Atta-Mills quickly trotted Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome to the media microphones and bluntly and shamelessly told the Ghanaian citizenry that Mr. Woyome did not owe anybody, that is, Ghanaian taxpayers, a pesewa. Rather, President Mills demanded an apology from the very people criminally extorted by the leadership of the National Democratic Congress. That was how Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang came into the picture once it became very apparent that a hopelessly bumbling Mrs. Mould-Iddrisu could not tell her left hand from her right hand in the clearly oversized portfolio of a substantive Minister of Education. Is it any wonder then, that both Prof. Atta-Mills, my own good, old Uncle Tarkwa-Atta, and Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang are both Akans of Fante descent? Or is it sheer coincidence?

It has, indeed, become scandalously and embarrassingly clear that the Ewe- and Gonja-dominated leadership of the Rawlings-founded National Democratic Congress envisages in Fante intellectuals a cheap and convenient quarry from which to mine for “Gonja Spare-Tires,” anytime that the post of Vice-Presidential Candidate becomes vacant. There was first a Harvard University-educated Fante Big Boy by the name of Mr. Ekwow Nkensen-Arkaah, who was literally beaten up to pulp by Chairman Rawlings and eventually to his premature death, once he began to use his brains and to ask critical questions of the Founding-Father of the National Democratic Congress, who also doubles as the Generalissimo of the Anlo-Ewe Mafia, otherwise known as the Trokosi Nationalist Congress (TNC). The latter terrorist organization has other names, but the latter name should suffice for now.

And then the Fante-descended brilliant tax-law wonk by the name of Prof. John Evans Atta-Mills was handpicked as a token to replace the late Vice-President Nkensen-Arkaah, the man who was indirectly executed a la Trokosi Mafia style, because he was beginning to behave like a typical Fante scholar and intellectual by applying all the necessary pedals of his brains. The Atta-Mills Vice-Presidency was a complete washout, to be certain. The Gonja Mafia crudely took him out like night soil and heartily celebrated the demise of the deliberately and savagely felled “Second Fante Scapegoat” as a veritable act of Divine Providence. Then, of course, a pathologically ungrateful John “Gonja Spare-Tire” Mahama stepped up to the plate and suavely attempted to mop up the bloody trail of the Atta-Mills Slaughter by kicking Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur into place for the Fante Vote. And, for the most part, Little Dramani was very successful. And the rest, as they say, is history.

That was the meteorically transient era of the Third Fante Scapegoat, another cheap vote-seeking token, of course. And now, we were told that it was the turn of another Fante votive for the Fante-Blood-Drinking Bole-Bamboi Gods. This time, the Gonja-Oracle demanded “An Eve” by the functionally effete Akyem-Tafo name of Prof. Jane Naana “Opoku-Agyemang,” the fourth and possibly the last Fante Scapegoat to be promptly slaughtered by a politically desperate Little Dramani a la Sakawa style. My profound apologies to all my law-abiding Gonja-descended kinsmen and clanswomen. It has often been said that one rotten apple does cause the rot of a full vat. I was also about to add that it has taken the seismic election of a bona fide Akyem native, namely, President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to initiate a serious process of retrieving the Woyome-fronted Loot of the leadership of the National Democratic Congress.

In the runup to the 2012 Presidential Election, Little Dramani promised to retrieve every single pesewa of the Woyome Loot. Four-and-half years later, Ghanaian taxpayers had spent more money trying to recover their legitimately owed money, as a shameless Mr. Woyome and his shyster legal assigns took turns running to the European and African Human Rights courts seeking protection for their loot. The fact of the matter is that Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu woefully lacks the moral authority and credibility to call Mr. Yaw Buaben Asamoah to the carpet, as it were. And neither does Veep-Candidate Naana Opoku-Agyemang have the moral heft to sanitize the thoroughgoing corrupt and bloody trail of Candidate John Dramani Mahama.

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