Power corrupts…

…and absolute power corrupts absolutely – John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834–1902). Ghana is on the verge of plunging into another Kenya, Zimbabwe and Ivory Coast if power-drunk politicians and anti-democrats fail to bury their greedy personal interest.

The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) on a public holiday went to court on New Year to prevent the Electoral Commission from declaring a winner in a race which they have openly lost. I’m not NPP neither I’m I a supporter of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) which is in a narrow lead with 50.13%. NPP limps behind with 49.87%. Happily the court kicked them out. That was not enough for them. Their lawyers hurriedly went back again to pray the court to put an injunction on the last election being held today in Tain – Ghana’s Brong Ahafo region – whose results could determine the final winner.

The Tain constituency could not vote due to problems in last Sunday’s run-off polls. The 53,000 population of this district in western Ghana were scheduled to “choose” who will lead the West African state, that has just dicovered oil in commercial quantities.

The NPP which calls itself “true democrats” are rallying their supporters in Tain not to vote citing insecurity among other frivolous excuses. These are all recipes of civil strife, war, conflicts, hunger, tension among other negative incidents the international media enjoys writing about Africa.

I must commend President J.A. Kufuor for issuing a statement just this morning that all the parties including his (NPP) must respect the decision of the electoral commission. He added that anyone who has a problem with the results can then go to court afterwards. Bravo and a mark of a true democratic leader.

The people of Ghana have voted overwhelmingly to reject them in the general elections, they must accept the sovereign will of the people, concede defeat, and handover power to the president-elect John Attah-Mills and let’s move on – an AfricaNews columnist wrote in his article entiled: “NPP must concede defeat” The credible democratic think-thank Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) in a statement advised the NPP to concede defeat and stop using legal manoeuvres to create constitutional crisis.

Ghana must not be on fire and brimstone. Ghana must not burn before we get a new president. Ghana must not sink at a time when international investors near and far are pouring their hard earned cash into our economy. Ghana must not fail Africa. Ghana must make a difference. Ghana must remember 2000, 2004 and now 2008 when the whole world hailed her for enviable democratic elections and smooth change of governments at certain points.

“Is this my country Ghana!” a colleague journalist soliloquized amidst tearing eyes when we stood in between military tankers and armed police personnel in front of the Electoral Commission when hundreds of highly charged NDC supporters thronged the place to demand early declaration of the December 28 results.

For heavens sake, and for the sake of our children – the future leaders – and our beautiful country Ghana, can somebody tell these power drunk, greedy self seekers, and anti-democrat politicians to respect the will of the people.


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