The violence in the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election which saw Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan crowned as the victor all of a sudden, became the watershed that would lead to a paradigm shift in the way elections are held in the country.
To the extent that His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of the Republic, thought it expedient to institute a commission to delve into all the murky issues pertaining to the by-election, it was safe to conclude that President Akufo-Addo had determined that things had gone awry and needed to be normalized.
Though this well intentioned move was in the pipeline, elements affiliated to the opposition NDC adamantly rejected the Justice Emile Short Commission and their assigned duties.
One of the people who opposed the setting up of the Commission to look into the gory happenings during the by-election was Bernard Mornah, the National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC).
Bernard Mornah was heard on various media platforms galvanizing members of a so-called coalition of opposition political parties to hit the streets.
He emoted, on several occasions, that Ghana’s security under President Akufo-Addo is nothing but bedraggled.
Citing the killings of Ahmed Suale, the woman who worked for GPHA, the kidnappings in the Takoradi area and the infamous Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence, Mr. Mornah and his allies found it necessary to embark on a demonstration against the Akufo-Addo administration.
The demonstration, though was a flop, Mr. Mornah kept on drumming home the point that Ghana’s security had become ramshackle and that President Akufo-Addo is to blame.
‘Misfortune’ would visit the NDC in a way that has shocked many Ghanaians to the bone. The vibrant city of Kumasi, the peace loving metropolis would be home to yet another version of NDC’s thuggish acts.
While the top echelons of the party were having a meeting in a cosy environment, the dogs they trained to be unleashed upon members of the ruling NPP turned against each other and sporadically shot themselves, killing one person instantly while others were mortally wounded.
Twenty-four hours after that darkness in the city of Kumasi, Bernard Mornah is yet to be heard. Though he is in the country, the gentleman appears to have travelled outside our universe.
Blindness has visited Bernard Mornah so he has not heard or watched the videos in circulation about the gruesome scenes that transpired at the Ashanti regional office of the NDC.
Just like he organized that demonstration against the government of the day a week or so ago, he is expected to do same to drive home his principled stance against violence in our elections.
Bernard Mornah sold his objectivity for a pittance. He fawns on Mahama for his ultimate survival in this political game. He is still John Mahama’s protégé. He will continue to loudly project his deafening silence in the wake of the humiliating attacks and death in the NDC as far as the shootings in Kumasi are concerned.
Source: P.K. Sarpong/ email: firstname.lastname@example.org –
P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.