Is former President’s Easter message posting on his Facebook wall confirming what he (Mahama) intends doing in the month of April? To most people who are privy to the all-important, but concealed message, the Mahama Easter message offer enough teaser.
Credible sources within the campaign team of the former president have hinted that Mr. John Dramani Mahama is all about to concede defeat to the current President, Nana Addo Akufo Addo in the disputed 2020 elections.
Perhaps that explains why Mr. Mahama has been hesitant in calling for a review of the election petition case he brought before the country’s Supreme Court.
Mr. Mahama challenged the 2020 presidential election result at the Supreme Court, but his petition was thrown out in a unanimous decision by all seven of the Supreme Court Judges who sat on the case.
Mahama’s decision shouldn’t be surprising at all. Apart from the 1992 elections, which the NPP and other opposition parties refused to concede defeat, none of such episode has occurred in all of the seven other elections that we’ve had in the country.
That however does not preclude the fact that parties have on all occasions expressed reservations about the conducts of these seven other elections. Most NDC folks were miffed that former President Mills accepted the outcome of the 2004 elections. To such aggrieved NDC followers, the outcome of that elections, were flawed and compromised by then Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan.
However, the highest point of election dispute in the 4th Republic, was when the NPP, under the leadership of Nana Akufo Addo, sought the powers of the Supreme Court to annul the 2012 elections with the NPP alluding to massive irregularities that went to favour then governing party, the NDC.
The NPP’s petition was however dismissed same as the one filed by Mr. Mahama after the 2020 elections. Despite his disappointment however, Nana Addo conceded defeat and in fact called to congratulate Mr. Mahama on his victory.
From all indications, Mr. Mahama will not only concede defeat, but also in the spirit of good faith, engage Nana Addo in a hearty telephone chat and eventually congratulate the President on his victory in the 2020 elections, insiders have hinted.
Mr. Mahama’s Facebook posting depicts the sad tale of what people with legitimate ambition or set targets or aim, often go through in life. Such life’s journey, when reduced to a competition becomes so intense that one is at risk of receiving insults and abuses from verbal to possibly, physical.
But the most critical of it all is how to forgive your pursuers, adversaries and in the pursuit of a long shot aim which in the end will affect positively the majority of individuals; and with perseverance, eventually, triumph becomes a special icing on the cake.
And the former president chronicles same, what Christ went through to achieve His ultimate aim of saving humankind to illustrate how we should forgive, despite the harsh treatments that often people mete out to us and others.
This is the re-production of what the former wrote on his Facebook wall:
They whipped him. They spat on him. They mocked him. They treated him like a criminal. Drained of all strength, they forced him to carry heavy cross. And then, although he had committed no crime, they crucified him…
But bloodied and disgraced on the cross at Calvary, he, out of a pure heart, forgave them. As we commemorate the crucifixion of our Lord on Good Friday, may we reflect on His Gift of sacrifice and embrace His enduring lesson of forgiveness.
Let us forgive one another and move on in unity. From my wife Lordina and I, we wish you a blessed and most glorious Easter.
Mr. Mahama’s message has a tone of deep and personal sober reflection-a harsh reality of forgoing personal benefits in pursuance of a larger societal interest. That is to suggest that for the sake of our beloved country, Mr. Mahama wants Ghana to move on.
There is also the theme of forgiveness. This is because the spirit of forgiveness is a universal trait that people will have to exercise one form or another, at some point in their lives; and that is exactly what the former president tries to reiterate here.
Unity of purpose is another cardinal principle that the former president brings to the fore in his posting. After all, what are we in politics for? It certainly, for the ultimate development of a given country and her citizenry, although the approach may differ from the ideological deductions of political parties seeking political office.
But largely, we can achieve such purpose by first achieving unity in diversity and from there, we can work with a common purpose. You can call the posting, John Mahama’s gospel preaching on an Easter Friday; and you will not be far from right.
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