Political elites in the country, who understand the politics of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), know the game Akufo Addo and his inner circle are playing and how in the end, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, would be led to the slaughter as a sacrificial Lamb for the iniquities of former President John Agyekum Kufuor and the NPP.
Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo hasn’t forgiven J. A. Kufour and the NPP for his loss of the 2008 election and for all these years, has sought to punish the party by giving them exactly what they gave him in 2008.
Those who know Akufo Addo very well, know he does not forgive and his support for Bawumia, is the normal thing to do as his successor but it isn’t real, his real intention is not for the party’s victory in the 2024 elections but to usher the NPP into opposition as J. A. Kufour did in 2009.
From the day Akufo Addo received his third nod to lead the NPP, everything he has done is to upset the very foundation of the party.
He engineered the removal of elected members of the National Executives Committee of the party, brought in Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who did not qualify for the position of Vice President as per the constitution of the party, maneuvered to get Freddy Blay, a known CPP activist, to become the National Chairman of the NPP, all these actions, pointed to one thing, Akufo Addo scheming to bring the NPP on its knees.
Akufo Addo was expecting the council of elders of the party to call former President J. A. Kufuor to order when it became obvious Kufour didn’t want Akufo Addo’s Presidency.
With determination, he was able to secure another attempt at the leadership of NPP and contested in 2012 but again failed in his bid but still labored on in the hope of making it someday.
Then in 2016, providence smiled on him and he won the elections. One would have thought that after all these years, Akufo Addo’s wounds, inflicted by J. A. Kufuor and the NPP, had healed and the past forgotten but Akufo Addo never forget and doesn’t forgive.
He has always looked for how he can upset the NPP most and that is to hit the party hard in their stronghold, the Ashanti region. Prior to becoming the President, Akufo Addo had given indication of elevating the Ofori Payin Okyeman stool to a Kingdom status to parallel the Ashanti Kingdom, an idea the Ashantis detest.
Since the formation of the Busia, Danquah, Dombo Tradition, it has always had an Akan as a leader of the party, never has it had a Northern as a leader and Presidential candidate but Akufo Addo determined to hit the NPP where it hurts, maneuvered and got Dr. Bawumia elected leader and Presidential candidate, knowing very well it will upset leaders of the party, especially in Ashanti Region.
Determined to upset the party, Akufo Addo has created enmity between the people of Ashanti and the NPP. To achieve this, he has intentionally created hatred for the party in the NPP’s stronghold, Ashanti Region, by refusing them development and disrespecting the Asantehene, Otumfo Osei Tutu ll, knowing how much such action will hurt the Ashantis.
The Ashantis, after all these years of voting for the NPP administration are becoming frustrated because of lack of development and the disrespect of their King. Otumfuo himself, out of frustration, had to appeal publicly for funds to renovate the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, which the Government of Akufo Addo has refused to undertake.
To add to the injury already suffered by the Ashanti people, the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, known in party circles as Chairman Wontumi, has called the bluff of the leader of the Ashanti Kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll, telling him he has his own Army and Police and is not afraid to speak his mind if he disagree with the Ashanti King on any issue. This is unheard of in the history of the Ashanti Kingdom, that a son of the soil, would confront the Asantehene.
There are many who are of the opinion that the Ashanti Regional Chairman is standing up to the Asantehene because he has the backing of the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo.
Gradually, it seem Akufo Addo is achieving his aim of destroying the Love and Trust between the people of Ashanti and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) because Ashantis Love their King and under no circumstance, would they disrespect him as the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP is doing.
Will the ‘Golden Stool’ summon the NPP Regional Chairman to Manhyia? We are yet to see but from all indications, the Ashantis are not happy, they are openly asking for the NDC to come to their rescuer without mentioning the party, since the NPP has failed them.
As to whether Akufo Addo will achieve his aim of ushering the NPP into opposition, will be seen after the December 7, 2024 elections. END
Source – Jojo Bruce-Quansah