Oh if Alan Cash is nominated which will never be the case, I will gladly watch Mills win for the second time. And this time the difference will be embarrassing. No one (and I mean delegate) has endorsed anyone for presidential candidacy yet. There are only calls. And these calls are coming from people. Nana being the politician that he is has held thanksgiving rallies all over the country. And it is through these rallies that you realize his support for presidential candidacy for the 2012 election. These calls only go to prove the point I echoed in my article (Why We Lost the Election) about how the party was not united behind Nana. I attribute the cause to the Alan Camp. The election just ended some 28 days ago; and all I hear is calls for Alan to be the party's presidential candidate in 2012. That is wrong.
One thing I noticed about Alan is that he incites confusion in the party. Members of the NPP are not stupid. Ok maybe the members are but the delegates who are loyal to the party are not stupid. Alan comes from nowhere and joins the 18 aspirants, throws cash around and contests for their mandate for the presidential candidacy. When he loses or rather concedes, he threatens to resign from the party. He was advised otherwise by his primary supporter, Kufuor. And also certain promises were made to him. Where is the loyalty? This shows that all he cares about is being president at the expense of the party. How can such a man lead the party let alone the whole country?
Another thing we need to realize is the Ashantis don't rule the country or even the Akan kingdom. With the tribal effect still in play in Ghanaian politics, it is less likely an Ashanti will become president in the near future. Should Alan stand, he will definitely lose the Akyem votes and the Eastern Region will not be as strong a hold as it was in the 2008 election. Once again visit my blog page to understand why I say that. Politics is a funny game. You play with it as it comes hence Obama's success. All factors were in his favor at the time.
Finally, Alan may be a very good person with loads of experience as a lawyer and economist or whatever he does. He was tipped some years back by Time magazine as one of the global leaders of the future. All these are good attributes but the man lacks political experience. He is not a politician. This is a person who thinks winning an election is about distributing money. As to where the money came from is still questionable. Back to my political experience argument, he has not been in a position of responsibility. He hasn't been in position where he would be accountable to the electorate who gave him their mandate. He should run for MP or Council of State. If he wins and runs his constituency or region well, then I will have some faith in him as a politician. I encourage you to take a look at this link (Alan Kyerematen's Successful Palace Coup).
An alternative to Nana Addo will be Dan Botwe. He just got elected to parliament. I have been impressed by his political achievements so far. He has done a lot for the party. He is loyal and clever. Understands politics and he's not even a lawyer. He will be a better candidate than Alan considering his background and experience. He will be my choice after Nana Addo.
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