Bernard Allotey Jacob has within the past year gained political notoriety that many NDC folks interpret as a betrayal of the cause of the major opposition party in the country.
The man who otherwise wants to be known as the political fisherman, obviously from his family fishing background, did the unthinkable in the run-up to the 2020 general elections. He openly supported the 2nd term bid of the sitting President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to the chagrin of many NDC chieftains and supporters.
Allotey would later pay for his hostile stance on his own political party. He was suspended indefinitely by the NDC, although that would not deter him from being an “unofficial spokesperson” of the President and his Vice President during the 2020 election campaign.
His push for a Bawumia nomination for the NPP’s presidential primary has intensified in the aftermath of the 2nd term election of the President, by urging a potential Bawumia main challenger, Alan Kyerematen to pull out of the NPP presidential election to guarantee himself the speakership position in event of a Bawumia win.
Allotey Jacob has even gone to extent of taunting the NDC with his open bias for Bawumia presidency, arguing that he is the priceless gem that the NPP would regret losing, if they fail to back his candidature as the flagbearer of the NPP in the 2024 elections.
News making rounds suggest that Allotey’s call is also the obsession of a section or a faction within the NPP. To such NPP members, the ruling party can only break the two-term (eight-year) presidential office jinx which is gradually emerging as a convention, with a Bawumia candidature.
Ghana’s political journey since the inception of the 4th Republic has been characterized by a two-term of eight-years presidency. Rawlings had eight years; Kufuor, a two-term of eight years, while Prof. Mills and John Mahama shared the eight-year cycle for the NDC. Nana Akufo Addo is on course of maintaining the status quo after winning the 2020 elections.
Although the Vice President has not made public his intention of succeeding his boss, the President, his posters have emerged as the possible candidate to break the eight-year political yoke.
There are however, other conservative elements in the NPP (UP) who believe by the party’s succession plan and tradition, the Vice President is way behind in the pecking order; thus posturing that 2024 is the ripe time for Alan Kyerematen to lead the NPP.
In their previous search for presidential nominees, NPP members adhered strictly to the succession order where Prof. Albert Adu Boahene became the party’s first flagbearer in the 4th Republic in the 1992 elections; then followed by John Agyekum Kufuor and lately, Nana Akufo Addo.
Alan who contested and lost the NPP primaries on three occasions to then candidate Akufo Addo is thus seen as the “heir apparent to the NPP’s successive throne”. But this would not come without a fight.
A section of NPP supporters believe Allotey Jacob’s support for Bawuma is being done on purpose. It is to legitimize and posit as if the Bawumia candidacy has broader appeal to all sides of the political isle and other segments of the Ghanaian voting population.
Allotey Jacob, a “political rolling stone?
Followers of Ghanaian political history are not the least shocked at all at Allotey’s sudden turn over. That has been his political forte, some argue. He was a member of the youth league of the PNP that some commentators contend, betrayed Dr. Limann in 1979.
Dr. Limann could not enjoy the popular support of many PNP members, especially its youth. They accused Alhaji Imoro Egala of imposing without an agreeable consensus, the candidature of Dr. Limann, as the presidential nominee of the PNP in the 1979 3rd Republican elections.
It was one decision that Allotey and his youth group held against both Egala and Limann. Dr. Egala who was an uncle of Dr. Limann was seen as the most legitimate person to lead the PNP which then, represented Nkrumah’s Convention People’s Party (CPP) in the 1979 elections.
Egala was however disqualified by a presidential commission of enquiry and that necessitated in Egala’s recall of Dr. Limann from the Foreign Service to lead the PNP to beat all parties, including then lead opposition, the Popular Front Party (PFP) of the UP, PP tradition, in the '79 elections.
Many believe the hostile reaction of especially, the PNP youth towards Limann offered a preparatory ground for a possible military take-over and Jerry John Rawlings just did that. Rawlings alluded to the fact that he took over power because the PNP was deeply divided and therefore failed to appreciate the governance mandate handed to them by the electorate.
Rawlings even went to the extent of telling would-be accomplices of his coup that he would clear the PNP mess and restore again Limann as the president of Ghana. In the end however, that pledge proved to be one of Rawlings’ master-strokes he employed to get on with his revolutionary groovy.
Allotey Jacob and the 4th Republic
Many Nkrumaist parties emerged at the beginning of the 4th Republic. There was the National Independence Party (NIP) led by Kwabena Darko; the People’s Heritage Party, led by General Erskine and the National Convention Party (NCP) which leadership was not immediately known at its formative stages.
Dr. Limann’s People’s National Convention (PNC) which many saw as the legitimate replacement of the PNP also operated as a party with Nkrumaist leanings. Despite its underpinning outlook, the PNC failed to bring on board other Nkrumaist splinter groups.
Allotey Jacob joined the NCP, which identity as Nkrumaist party raised a lot of eye-brows. This is because some of the top brass in that party had close ties with the PNDC junta at the time. They included John Tettegah, Captain Kojo Tsikata, Comrade Ebo Tawiah, Faustina Nelson among others.
Indeed, the true identity of the NCP would soon emerge. This was when the stated individuals, including Allotey Jacob managed to smuggle the NCP to form what many considered as an unholy alliance with the (P)NDC. The NDC, NCP and the EGLE party formed the Progressive Alliance to contest the first two elections of the 4th Republic.
When it became obvious that Allotey’s relevance in the Progressive Alliance was waning, he quickly joined Obed Asamoah and Faustina Nelson to form the Veranda Boys and Girls club to court younger people into the Progressive Alliance.
Yet still, Allotey’s voice in the Progressive Alliance could not commandeer any form of recognition until he found some closeness to then NDC presidential candidate Prof. John Mills, who later became the President of the Republic. Allotey then became an instant Mills protégé. And that resuscitated Alottey’s political life.
He became the chairman of the Central Regional branch of the NDC where he managed to supervise a decent win for the NDC in the 2012 elections; but somewhat recoiled in the aftermath of the demise of Prof. Mills.
Even at that, Allotey still enjoyed some degree of recognition under President Mahama where he served under a number of boards. It’s came as a surprise that some of Allotey’s comments in the run-up to the 2020 directly undermined the campaign of the former President.
He operated that proxy Akufo Addo support under the guise of a statesman and therefore does not analyse politics from a jaundiced partisan perspective. It later proved that was not the case. This was when he openly went supporting President Akufo Addo, leading to his suspension from the NDC.
After the 2020 elections, he spilled it all out that he did not support the former President because Mr. Mahama once betrayed him. Mr. Mahama, according to Allotey, once told some people within the Fante caucus that he (Mahama) and Allotey were not friends.
Today, Allotey has switched his support for the candidature of Vice President, Dr. Mahmudu Bawumia, claiming that his support for the Veep, is rooted in his personal relationship with Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia, the father of the Vice President.
This is the man Allotey Jacob. He started as an Nkrumaists; joined forces with the NDC, the political party that was formed out of the junta that overthrew a CPP-inspired PNP administration in 1979; and now, an ardent supporter of NPP, a party from the UP tradition. It’s interesting to note that the UP and Allotey’s parent political tradition, the CPP, are sworn political foes.
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