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OPINION: "Will it be President Joe Ghartey?" - Enimil Ashon

For a people who have only recently been bitten by a snake, it is surprising that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) do not tremble at the sight of a worm.

If Fomena 2020 has any lessons for political parties, I thought it should be to ensure that there is one rule for all; that party officers at constituency, regional or national do not play favourites.

For their information, many people noticed that at the party’s recent National Annual Delegates Conference in Kumasi, the President waited for his Vice-President for upwards of 30 minutes as the latter was paraded through the streets of Kumasi by some Ashanti Region NPP MPs?

Didn’t it (or did it) have anything to do with the aspiration of Dr Bawumia to be the party’s flag bearer? All of this should be no big deal, all things being equal.

Unfortunately, all things are not equal. President Akufo-Addo may have meant well in putting brakes on his appointees’ speed to announce their presidential ambitions.

One person who is rumoured to be a casualty of the President’s fiat is Mr Joe Ghartey, immediate past Railway Development Minister.

If his presidential ambitions did cost him his job in Akufo-Addo’s second term, so be it. But why not Bawumia and to some extent, why not Alan Kyeremateng, whose interest in the 2024 presidency was unveiled by the President himself during a visit to Manhyia?

Christianity and Islam both preach fairness. Rotarians teach us that before taking any step or making any statement, we should ask ourselves: “Is it fair to all?”