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Don't Trust Akufo-Addo; Every Ghanaian Must Be A Citizen Journalist & Whistleblower Before, During & After 7th December Election

"A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep or taste not the Pierian Spring. There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again" - Alexander Pope Democracy in Africa at best is work-in-progress and although many African countries have experienced over five (5) decades of self-rule political governance, Africa still has a lot to learn from more advanced and matured democracies such as the United Kingdom (UK), United States of America (USA) and wherever democratic political governance and its allied bedfellow of the "rule of law" is practiced. Critics who argue that democracy is an inappropriate form of political governance for Africa often advance arguments such as; democracy is a relic of colonialism and an imposition by the Western World, democracy is very expensive and "winner takes all" democracy promotes entrenched divisions and polarizes African societies. These critics conclude that Africa must be allowed to develop and practice its own version of democracy and for a country like Ghana were a presidential term limit of four (4) and maximum of eight (8) years tenure is practiced, perhaps a single seven (7) year term limit should be considered.

Firstly, for those advocating a single seven (7) year presidential term limit, I wish to remind them that in Ghana any president potentially has an eight (8) year tenure where depending on performance and impactful development of the country, a second four-year term maybe granted and renewed by the electorate after the first term of four (4) years. Judging from the political governance Ghana is currently witnessing under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration led by Nana Akufo-Addo and Mahamudu Bawumia, it will amount to foolhardiness for anyone to suggest or even endorse a seven (7) year limit under such circumstances?

Secondly, what are the other alternative versions of democratic political governance that Africa can adopt that will deliver to all citizens guaranteed equal rights, fundamental human rights and freedoms including freedom of association, free speech, equal access to state resources and available opportunities, and "right to vote" where periodically citizens have the opportunity to choose and elect their political leaders in "free and fair" democratic elections where the Electoral Commission (EC) is a neutral referee and does not in any way act as a proxy that aids any particular political party to unfairly win democratic elections.

Suggestions for development of an African version of democratic political governance shall amount to an exercise to reinvent the wheel. Will Africa's version of democratic governance be devoid of separation of powers between the three (3) arms of government namely: The Executive, the Legislature, and the Judiciary? Will Africa's version of democracy have the required checks and balances, and will the Judicial arm of government religiously uphold the principles of Constitutional governance and the tenets of the "rule of law"? Will all citizens be guaranteed their fundamental freedoms, liberties, rights of property ownership etc.? Will the Judiciary adjudicate and dispense justice fairly and equitably, and will there be no dominant ethnic group or social class of citizens having undue privileges and exclusive right to govern and appropriate state and public resources for themselves as they please?

"The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it" (- George Orwell)

We live in a society and culture where many believe that reverence and respect must be accorded to elderly persons irrespective of whether they themselves act in ways to elicit and earn respect and promote a congenial environment of mutual reciprocal respect. Why do you think some journalists, media lackeys and activists of NPP often launch unwarranted personal attacks and heap insults on Sammy Gyamfi (National Communications Director of the National Democratic Congress-NDC)? What has Sammy Gyamfi publicly said that has later been found to be untruthful and false such that NPP activists feel justified to heap scorn and use spiteful language against him? A country like the United States of America (USA) with an estimated population of 328.2 million currently has nine (9) Justices appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) and in contrast Ghana with an estimated population of 29.77 million has eighteen (18) Justices appointed to the Supreme Court of Ghana (SCOG).

Of the current 9 Supreme Court Judges in the USA, 6 were appointed by Republican Presidents and 3 by Democrats with the incumbent president Donald Trump alone responsible for the appointment of 3 Judges. Similarly, in Ghana of the current 18 Supreme Court Judges 15 were appointed by NPP Presidents and 3 by NDC Presidents with the incumbent president Nana Akufo-Addo alone appointing 11 of Ghana's Supreme Court Justices.

On 20 October 2020, the SCOTUS ruled against the Republican Party's legal challenge to disallow counting of mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania that were received after the election day of 03 November 2020 even if the ballots were mailed before 03 November 2020. In Texas, a District Judge appointed by former US President George Walker Bush (Republican) on 02 November 2020, rejected a petition by the Republican Party to ban the counting of 127,000 drive-through early voting ballots that were cast in Harris County.

Here in Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo of NPP will be contesting his fourth presidential elections. In three previous presidential elections Nana Addo only accepted the results of the elections that he won in 2016 but refused to formally concede defeat in the previous 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. Indeed, Nana Akufo-Addo has demonstrated that unless he wins an election, he is unlikely to accept results declared by the EC and would rather accept the verdict of an Election Petition by the Supreme Court to determine the outcome of the election. Question? Do Ghanaians trust and expect the current Justices of the SCOG if called upon to adjudicate on an Election Petition arising from the 2020 elections to act fairly as their counterparts in the USA did to uphold the sanctity of the electoral choice of voters in Pennsylvania and Harris County if the election results went against Nana Addo?

"Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear" - (Albert Camus)

As Ghanaians prepare for 7th December 2020 what can we expect from the Judiciary and the Security Services to assure us that the incumbent NPP and the minority political parties led by NDC will abide by the law? What can we glean from the following news headlines?

  • DSP Samuel Kojo Azugu (National Security Commander) says the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election "masked men" were there to build confidence - source: Graphic Online 18 February 2018
  • Delta Force 13 fined Ghc1,800 each for rioting and raiding a Court in session - source Citifmonline 19 October 2017
  • Who remembers Bright Ernest Akomeah aka "Double" the National Security Operative involved in the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election state sponsored act of "terrorism" and who subsequently appeared before the Emile Short Commission of Enquiry?
  • Should Ghanaians accept any deployment of Military and National Security personnel to the Volta and Oti Region's before and during the December 2020 elections upon a flimsy excuse of Intelligence Reports picked-up by National Security as happened during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election?

    Ghanaians are well advised to act as Citizen Journalists and Whistleblowers before and during 7th December Elections and take pictures and record videos of any untoward acts by persons dressed in Military or National Security outfits and even in mufti that they witness? Also pictures of strange vehicles and devices must be taken and for those who know persons especially former members of NPP Vigilantes who have been inserted into the Security Services, you are well advised to help "unmask" and help identify them if required when they are spotted (sighted) anywhere an untoward act or skirmishes unravels. It is the civic duty of every Ghanaian to help identify prospective candidates to be hauled before the International Criminal Court of Justice in Hague for those who may be planning potential acts bordering on "genocide" and "crimes against humanity".

    "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man (woman) avaialeth much" - James 5:16 (KJV) Ghanaians have a date with destiny on 7th December 2020 and a divine duty to kick-out Nana Akufo-Addo the tyrant and his fascist NPP administration.

    With God on our side no weapon fashioned against John Dramani Mahama and Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, and the good people of Ghana will prosper. The NDC Rescue Mission is a divine declaration from on-high. You must be part of the clarion call to communal labour.

    Opanin Archimedes Owusu-Ababio

    C/o Cocoa Shed: Suro-nipa Nkwanta

    Eastern Region

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