Many had thought Nana Addo would maintain a statesmanship position by leaving the scene of active politics. After suffering a crushing defeat at the last general elections, which also represents his second woeful fall, many expected him to relax.
This is a man whose record of marketability is woefully poor; he is simply not marketable, says his Party ?guru?s?. In his first attempt to contest John Mills, he managed a 49.7% votes, leading to his loss. In his second attempt against John Mahama, who used less than three months to contest, after Professor Mills joined his ancestors, he lost shamefully with a little over 47%. This is a man who had campaigned for over two years before the main election, losing to a three-month campaigner, shows he is unpopular.
He might have a great stake in the NPP but not Ghana. If elections were held in the NPP today, he might enjoy a landslide victory, since he is still popular in his party, compared to the other interested candidates.
His victory in his Party would also spark agitation between the known feuding camps in his Party. The NPP would do itself good if it elects a neutral candidate not aligned to any of the known factions; Isaac Osei seems to be a perfect unifier, as many had suggested.
There are many persons in the NPP who think Nana?s faction has hijacked the party?s rank and file, and has prevented all prospective candidates from leading the party. Others are saying the Party is against the aspirations of the youth and has no clearly defined succession plan like their counterparts in the NDC.
There is also the ?AKAN? tag of the party, preventing other tribes from leading the party apart from Akans. People wished the NPP could have done itself good if it appointed a personality from a different tribe to lead it. The Party has a history of ?Akanization? of leadership, since the 1950?s, this has caused disaffection in other tribes
There is also an impatient, intolerable and violent character of Nana, a perception which has gained grounds over the years. This perception went against his candidature in the 2012 elections. Others are wondering whether he could change from these endemic attributes.
The Party can do itself good if it resolves this canker before 2016. Nana can never win power for the NPP, says leading figures in his party who have studied the voting trend of this country; the earlier the council of elders acknowledges this, the better for the NPP.
It is highly clear that propaganda, holding on to one sided economic mess (Woyome, ?enkoyie?, ?dumsor?), partying and cutting of campaign songs, media hijacking, arrogance, womanizing, etc, adds nothing to the campaign.
Structuring of a better doable message, having a liberation ideological backing different from the neo-colonial system run in this country for over 3 decades, humility and moderacy of the candidate and his associates, and responding to the needs of the ordinary, are sure ways of winning power.
The people of Ghana know best.
Nii Lamptey L.