opinionBy Kofi Nkrumah
The peace currently being enjoyed by Ghana, after the Electoral Commission (EC) declared President Mahama winner of the December 2012 election, should be largely attributed to the maturity of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) leadership. The NPP, led by NANA ADDO, has clearly demonstrated that it does not support violence.
Many African countries have been embroiled in post-election violence - Kenya, Togo, La Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria, etc., are examples. In all these incidents, leaders of aggrieved political parties pushed their supporters onto the streets with arms.
Dr. Afari Djan's controversial declaration shows that the country is split into two - over five million votes each for Prez Mahama and Nana Addo. The NDC says it won the election with eight regions, and so the NPP with its two regions, Ashanti and Eastern, cannot claim to have won the presidential election.
Some people conveniently ignore the fact that in the presidential election, the whole country is regarded as one constituency, and that Ghana is not a federal state. These people also forget that in every region Nana Addo got votes, even in the Volta, and that Prez Mahama did not get 100% in any of the eight regions.
So, both Nana and Mahama had votes in all the regions. By the way, do we understand the dynamics--political biases, economics, mobility of labour, ethnicity etc., which combine to ensure that at almost every election in NPP strongholds, NDC gets a relatively good number of votes, but in the NDC 'world bank', NPP gets virtually nothing?
Going back to the peace in the country now, my mind takes me to December 2008, after the elections. Results had not been declared, and NDC supporters massed up close to the EC offices with all sorts of offensive weapons. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, aka General Mosquito, aka any idiot can go to court, was in the mob dressed in traditional battle wear, ready for war? The NDC supporters were incited through broadcasts of a radio station owned by NDC gurus, and located in Accra. They were supposed to put pressure on Afari Djan to declare the results in their favour. What happened thereafter is history.
With the 2012 NDC behaviour as a precedent, I am of the opinion that Ghana would have been burning by now if it was the NDC which felt cheated after the 2012 results were declared. Knowing the psyche of NDC leaders and their supporters, if the NDC were in the shoes of the NPP today, my dear reader, we would not be enjoying our kontomire and brodee apesie, Ga kenkey with shito and fish, okro and banku, fufu, red red, etc. Definitely, things would not have been as calm.
My brothers and sisters, fellow countrymen, the difference between the NPP leadership and that of the NDC in this connection is similar to the difference between light and darkness. Whereas the NPP has consistently stuck to law and order, the NDC professes law and order, but in reality, believes in lawlessness and resorts to it if that will help it to win power or hold on to power. My brothers and sisters, fellow countrymen, I started writing this piece days before the Supreme Court sat on Monday 16th January 20, 2013 to consider the NDC's joinder to the NPP's petition. On that day, the NDC acted to support my position that it believes in violence, as its supporters were found holding canes at the court area - they attacked NPP supporters and passers-by wearing NPP paraphernalia.
Pictures of NDC supporters in NDC clothes holding canes were extensively published in the media. Instead of apologising for the offensive conduct of their supporters, NDC propagandists, led by their General Mosquito, have said that the faces we saw and the hands holding the canes did not belong to NDC supporters, but rather NPP people. HABA, ASIEDU NKETIA, DO YOU THINK ALL OF US ARE SMALL BOYS AND GIRLS, BORN ONLY YESTERDAY AND PUT ON THIS LAND CALLED GHANA? MAY GOD HAVE MERCY!!!!!!!
If leaders of the NPP do not continue to show maturity, patience and forbearance, but allow their supporters to show the NDC that they can face them squarely on the streets, we will have a very nasty situation in this country. As for the police, who failed to arrest any of those NDC supporters, the least said about them, the better.
For the sake of the peace of Ghana, the NPP and its supporters should continue to show that they are of a different breed, so that they don't fall into any trap set by the NDC.