17 January 2013

Ghana: All Die Be Die Equals All Win Be Win?

opinion

On Monday, 10th December 2012, about 10hrs after Dr. Afari Gyan declared John Mahama winner of the 2012 elections, a friend visited me. He is an NDC guy, in quite a top position. I jokingly congratulated him for the election victory and added "Honorable, but they say you people have stolen the victory". His response: "They say all die be die, so all win be win".

His logic hit me, it set me thinking and wondering whether some NDC top people also believe that the election was not genuinely won by John Mahama. The harsh economic conditions, perceived corruption in the ruling class epitomised by the Woyome Saga and other judgement debt payments, campaign promises clearly led by Akufo-Addo's free SHS, etc all convinced many an observer that Akufo-Addo would emerge the winner.

On voting day, reports nationwide indicated that many prospective voters were more than determined to exercise their franchise. Some even slept at polling stations on the night before the D-day. The young and elderly were all excited to cast their vote overwhelmingly. Even when the machines were not working or unavailable, people still patiently waited to vote. Of course in several NPP strongholds we heard of voting machines not working. In the NDC's 'World Bank', Volta Region, I did not hear any report of voting machines giving problems.

Declare for Mahama?

On Saturday 8th December, 2012, the second day of voting, we heard of the Airport/Dzorwulu office where machines suspected to be providing some data connectivity services had been installed. I watched the scene on television and heard an employee of the company interviewed by Mr. Osafo Maafo and others say his company was doing some work for EC. Later, I heard on radio that EC had denied having anything to do with the company. Contradictory, so who was telling the truth? We heard that two ambulances entered the building and left with the help of the police and the army. The crowd insisted on searching the ambulances but was not allowed. So what or who were in the ambulances as they left the building?

Dr. Afari Gyan has declared a winner according to his "figures" but, the tense situation in the country shows that the heavens disagree with the declaration. Those who cannot read the signs of the moment should pause and think again. This country is sitting on a time-bomb. Many Ghanaians, I dare say, the majority of those who voted disagree with the results. They believe that Akufo-Addo should have been declared winner. Of course as things stand now, it is only the Supreme Court which can rule on this matter, so the NPP's court action is in order.

We must not encourage our children to learn thievery, so if the facts prove as some of us suspect that Akufo-Addo won the vote, the right thing must be done. Ghanaians where is our pride and nobility?

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