Ahwois paying Mahama back for his role in the Mills demise – Ernest Owusu-Bempah

The Deputy Director of Communications of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ernest Owusu-Bempah, alleges a retribution plot within the NDC leadership against former President John Dramani Mahama, citing the recent comment by Kwesi Ahwoi on Anything Can Happen Comment” at the NDC’s event.

Owusu-Bempah state that, the recent maneuverings within the NDC echo the betrayal and political turmoil depicted in Shakespearean tragedy of Julius Caesar.

“Cowards die many times before their deaths: The valiant never taste of death but once”. On 16 December 1977, the imprisoned Nelson Mandela signed his name beside these lines from Julius Caesar in the hidden copy of Shakespeare’s works that was known as the ‘Robben Island Bible.’

Central to Owusu-Bempah’s, claims is the insinuation that Kwesi Ahwoi, a key figure in the NDC, hinted at a potential fate akin to that of late President Mills for Mahama, should the NDC secure victory in the upcoming presidential election.

“Of course, the fact that Kwesi Ahwoi was able to suggest that the fate that befell the late president John Mills which allowed his vice-president to take over could befall John Dramani Mahama, in the event of the NDC winning the presidential election in December 2024 makes Brutus of the Shakespearian politics looks like a child’s play.”

“In other words, reality has become fungible, an option capriciously chosen from a buffet according to taste.”

“Indeed, Kwesi Ahwoi has exposed the thinking of the political cabal in the NDC. They all hatched the plot to eliminate President Mills. Mahama was the sole beneficiary of the hatchet job on Mills. And now, the Ahwois have turned their gun on Mahama. The Ahwois played him. They imposed Jane Opoku-Agyemang on him as a running mate. It was a carefully orchestrated plot. The Ahwoi’s did all that so they could manipulate the woman and to pay Mahama back in the role he played in Mill’s death.”

According to Owusu-Bempah, this perceived betrayal stems from Mahama’s alleged role in the demise of President Mills, with Ahwoi and his associates seeking retribution by manipulating internal party dynamics, including the selection of Mahama’s running mate.

“And as the philosopher Allan Bloom puts it in Shakespeare’s Politics, that Caesar is a man who has built his palace on the ruins of the Republic”, and, “thinks too well of himself”, Mahama’s own cynical image is catching up with, and it is just a matter of time that his evil deeds catches up with him.”

The allegations highlight a deepening rift within the NDC, with Owusu-Bempah painting a picture of Machiavellian politics at play, where personal vendettas and power struggles overshadow the party’s purported unity.

 

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Ahwois paying Mahama back for his role in the Mills demise? 

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“Cowards die many times before their deaths: The valiant never taste of death but once”. On 16 December 1977, the imprisoned Nelson Mandela signed his name beside these lines from Julius Caesar in the hidden copy of Shakespeare’s works that was known as the ‘Robben Island Bible.’

That the play spoke to the Elizabethan audience of 1599 – animated by rebellion, political turbulence and the question of royal succession – is no surprise. More striking is its endurance as a text for subsequent ages, and a guidebook to power and its exercise in our own times.

To an almost uncanny extent, the great rhetorical argument over Caesar’s corpse between Brutus and Antony mirrors the fundamental divisions revealed by the extraordinary upheavals of the past couple of years in the politics of the NDC.

Specifically, the death of President Mills as replayed by Kwesi Ahwoi with his “anything can happen” hint to Mahama’s running mate speaks to the vile and vicious cycle of NDC politics.

Of course, the fact that Kwesi Ahwoi was able to suggest that the fate that befell the late president John Mills which allowed his vice-president to take over could befall John Dramani Mahama, in the event of the NDC winning the presidential election in December 2024 makes Brutus of the Shakespearian politics looks like a child’s play.

In other words, reality has become fungible, an option capriciously chosen from a buffet according to taste.

Indeed, Kwesi Ahwoi has exposed the thinking of the political cabal in the NDC. They all hatched the plot to eliminate President Mills. Mahama was the sole beneficiary of the hatchet job on Mills. And now, the Ahwois have turned their gun on Mahama. The Ahwois played him. They imposed Jane Opoku-Agyemang on him as a running mate. It was a carefully orchestrated plot. The Ahwoi’s did all that so they could manipulate the woman and to pay Mahama back in the role he played in Mill’s death.

And as the philosopher Allan Bloom puts it in Shakespeare’s Politics, that Caesar is a man who has built his palace on the ruins of the Republic”, and, “thinks too well of himself”, Mahama’s own cynical image is catching up with, and it is just a matter of time that his evil deeds catches up with him.

Certainly, the history of how Julius Caesar was assassinated by cowards looks like repeating itself in the annals of NDC politics.

 

Ernest Owusu-Bempah

Deputy Director of Communications, NPP

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