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The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is under pressure to demonstrate its inclusiveness after key leadership positions fell to persons within Ghana’s largest ethnic group, Akans.

‘Welcome Karma’, veteran journalist Kweku Baako has remarked indicating it serves the NDC right.

He said for years, the NDC has mischievously branded its rival the New Patriotic Party as an Akan party. Top NDC officials have pointed out that in the NPP, persons from minority ethnic groups – Gas, Ewes, Northerners are routinely excluded from occupying top leadership positions.

The NDC had laughed off the chances of a Northerner and former Vice-President Aliu Mahama ever succeeding Akan president, John Kuffuor after his term expired in 2009.

In more recent times, a Northerner and NPP’s 2016 running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was told by no less a person as the 2016 NDC Presidential candidate John Mahama that he will never become president if he remained within NPP because it favours Akans.

Photo: Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia (now Vice-President ) and former Vice-President, Aliu Mahama

The Akan politics in 2016

John Mahama in November 2016, weeks away from the December 2016 general elections said; “I am a boy from Bole born in Damango, who am I to stand here and call myself president of the Republic of Ghana?”

“The NDC is the party that opens its opportunities to all Ghanaians irrespective of what your ethnic affiliation is. Sometimes I feel sad when I see some of our northern brothers running around and also doing this. … They will use you and dump you”.

Before Mahama’s comment in November 2016, the NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia had used this rhetoric earlier in October 2016 while on the campaign trail in the Upper East region. 

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Photo: Asiedu Nketia was campaigning for David Adakudugu when he made the comment

“Bawumia is not a bad person but he is in bad company. The NPP are not truthful to certain classes of people. They use people for their own benefits. And when it comes to a time to recognise the importance of the same people they have used, they ignore them.

“The NPP picked Aliu Mahama as a running mate to create an impression that they also respected northerners. When Kufuor finished his term and Aliu Mahama, who automatically should have succeeded Kufuor, wanted to become president, he was strongly opposed, he was contested, and he was booted out,” Mr Asiedu Nketia said.

“Again, Bawumia is being used today to get votes from the north as Aliu Mahama was used. But let it come to a time Bawumia may want to take over the NPP’s flag bearership, they will not allow him. The NPP, by their tradition, are very selective”. 

Kweku Baako’s Karma