Let no one pass the plot by the Kwabena Duffour team to disrupt the NDC presidential and parliamentary primaries for a joke, not at all. That is, notwithstanding the decision by Dr. Kwabena Duffuor to allow for the NDC primaries to go on as planned. Today, Dr. Duffour through his lawyer, Kofi Kukubor announced that his client has withdrawn the interlocutory injunction filed by Dr. Duffour against the NDC in the party’s presidential and parliamentary elections.
Party General Secretary, Fifi Kwetey said they were satisfied with the Duffour decision, stating that it confirms their long-held position that there was no case to begin with. “The delegates’ list is the main primary document that we are depending on, and all along the list has been ready, and made available to all the contestants”. The decision by Dr. Duffour does not offer any respite to the NDC and Mr. John Dramani Mahama though, this reporter can state on authority.
It rather allows Team Duffour to enter into the next phase of their plan to deal a master blow to former President Mahama’s presidential dream, intelligence picked up by this author, has uncovered. The next plot can be traced to an Action Plan adopted by the Duffour team at Aburi in the Eastern Region on April 23rd, 2023. Aburi is famed for such political strategies and plots even for foreign countries. At the height of Nigeria’s civil war, Aburi hosted most of the warring factions in the conflict where some degree of consensus was reached to end the war in 1967.
That meeting was chaired by General Ankrah, then Ghana’s Head of State after the overthrow of Nkrumah in 1966. The immediate plan adopted by Dr. Duffour and his team at the Aburi meeting was to place preliminary injunction on the NDC primaries and the object of that action had been achieved. Indeed, the injunction forced the leadership of the NDC to release every collated album, which also serve as the electoral register for the polls, to all parties in the congress to scrutinize it. Now, the next in line in the Duffour plot, this author gathered, is to ensure that Mr. Mahama does not win the party’s presidential nomination.
That was the consensus reached by top NDC stalwarts who attended the Aburi meeting. They included former party chairman and Ghana’s longest serving Attorney General, Dr. Obed Yao Asamoah; Enoch Tei Mensah, a former minister of youth and sports; Yaw Boateng Gyan, a former national organizer of the NDC and former High Commissioner to Nigeria, Baba Kamara. Others were Dr. Ekwow Spio Gabrah, Rojo Mettle Nunoo, Fritz Baffoe among others.
Whether the Duffour team can achieve the next object of torpedoing Mahama’s presidential drive is indeed a tall order. The fact still remains that the former president enjoys massive patronage from the rank and file, majority of whom are qualified NDC delegates who are qualified to vote in the NDC delegates' congress. The Duffour backers are aware of how difficult the Mahama ouster may be but are still believing that their message will resonate well for many of the delegates to cast their vote for the former Finance Minister.
If that should fail, Team Duffour has resolved to break-away from the NDC to form their own political party. Will that not play into the hands of the NPP that is so eager “To Break the 8”? Rather shockingly, the consensus reached on this particular subject was that Team Duffour will better be served than John Mahama winning the Ghanaian presidency. A member at the meeting who spoke on condition of anonymity, disclosed that in an unlikely event Mahama wins the general elections, they will galvanize and re-group all aggrieved NDC members under one umbrella to restore the soul of the NDC.
When Dr. Obed Asamoah’s attention was drawn to the fact that when he and others broke away to form a rival party, it only helped the NPP to win the 2004 elections, the former Attorney General quickly retorted: “If we were not that significant, why did the NDC come begging us to return to the fold of the NDC? That should tell you how our action affected the fortune and the chances of the NDC in that year’s elections.” What is beating the minds of many observers is how someone like Baba Kamara would be a member of the Duffour team.
Baba Kamara was the National Security Coordinator under President Mills’ administration and also Ghana’s High Commissioner to Nigeria during the Mahama administration. Reliable sources in the Duffour camp have hinted this author that Baba Kamara is penciled to be the running mate of Dr. Duffour, in event the former Governor won the NDC presidential nomination.
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