Let us not fall on the daggers of the NPP to wound the stallion and demoralize the jockey for the race
Author: Zakaria Abdul-Hafiz
A group of children were playing near two railway tracks, one still in use while the other not.
Only one child chose to play on the unused track, the rest were on the operational track.
A train is coming and you are just beside the track interchange as an on-looker who can make the train change its course to the unused track and save most of the kids.
However, giving that assistance would also mean that the lone child playing by the unused track would be sacrificed.
Or would you rather let the train go its way and smash the kids?
Let’s take a pause to think what kind of decision we could make…………….
Have u thought enough?
Most people may choose to divert the course of the train to the unused track and kill the lone child at the expense of the others. Saving most of the children would be a rational, moral and emotional decision most people would make!
But have you ever thought that the child who chose to play on the unused track had in fact made the right decision to play at a safe place?
Nevertheless, he had to be sacrificed because of his ignorant friends who chose to play where the danger was.This kind of dilemma happens around us everyday. In the office, community and in politics, especially, in a democratic society. The RIGHT is often sacrificed for the interest of the majority, no matter how foolish or ignorant the majority is, and how far-sighted and knowledgeable the wise is.
The great critic Leo Velski Julian who narrated the story said he would not try to change the course of the train because he believed that the kids playing on the operational track were aware that the track was still in use, and that they would run away when they hear the train’s sirens. Now If the train is diverted, that lone child would definitely die because he never expected that a train could come over on the unused track! Again, that track was not in use probably because it was not safe. If the train is diverted to such a track, we may put the lives of all passengers on board at stake! And in our attempt to save few kids thinking that the train may run over them, we might end up sacrificing hundreds of people.While we are all aware that life is full of tough decisions to be made, we may not realize that hasty and stereotype-based decisions may not always be the right ones!
Yet again, the tide has presented itself for tough decisions to be made! It’s another important period in the history of our great party, the NDC where we have to take bold steps in choosing Parliamentary candidates to represent the party in the 2020 general elections. In the Wa central constituency, four candidates have duly filed their nominations for delegates to decide on one to run on the ticket of the NDC in the 2020 polls. Making decisions of such nature, it needs serious critical analysis so that we can choose the best candidate to preserve the seat for us.
Following the recent dubious exploits of the ruling New Patriotic Party in the constituency, the NDC needs a resilient and a formidable candidate to retain the seat nonetheless. It is an undeniable fact that Dr. Rashid Hassan Pelpuo still stands tall among his contenders. I said this not because I’m a fawner of the incumbent MP but as a votary of NDC in Wa Central who wants the best decision for the party. I’ll like to walk readers through the personality of the man Dr. Rashid Pelpuo to justify my claim.
Two great qualities make Dr. Rashid Pelpuo the most attractive candidate amongst the other contenders. His personality and his desire to develop the constituency and its constituents.
This is a man who has attained greatness in various aspects of life and yet so humble and down to all people. And this is manifested in his speeches and approach to all his engagements in public life. By this demeanor, many Ghanaians described him as a presidential material and a model of the civility they expect in our body politicking. Even, he is a man admired by his colleagues MPs’ from both sides of the political divide! This is a man that his followers always expect to react indifferently to offences done against his person but he always chooses to remain calm, composed and resolved. Isn’t he a pearl sent to Wa Central by Allah?
Though certain individuals out of pure conjecture and hear say try to discredit him by describing him as a maverick and a nonconforming simply because his/her other proposal couldn’t pass tbrough. Lest I remind that ingrate, who had his first proposal went through successfully but displeased for failing in second attempt. Has that ingrate paused to think of the magnitude of such proposals that come to the MP in a day? Notwithstanding, he still remain the finest gentleman I have ever encountered.
Besides, this is a man when you get close to him you would realise he is so down to earth. Many individual had voted for him based on this quality.
His cordial interpersonal relationship sets him apart other candidates. He has demonstrated passionately his good interpersonal relationship both within and outside the party. This has made some people who are not party members to always vote for him in past elections. As we all know, politics is about numbers and a good interpersonal relationship will enhance this numbers. Dr. Rashid Hassan Pelpuo has no bad record when it come to relating with peers, subordinates and superiors. This is why you should vote for him so that together we retain the Wa central constituency seat for our beloved party.
Also, Dr. Rashid Pelpuo’s commitment to the party is undoubted. He has worked tirelessly for the party from the days of his youth. He has never relented in his efforts to ensuring that the NDC attain greatness in the Wa central constituency in particular and Ghana as a whole. Dr. Rashid Hassan Pelpuo used to organise his youthful colleagues to run free services for the party in the constituency even before he started to aspire for the Parliamentary seat. One such occasion was the construction of the 31st December day care center in the constituency which he spearheaded.
Moreover, his space on the global stage is eminent and shouldn’t be substituted for something lesser. He has represented Ghana in several international fora. Recently, he represented Ghana at the International Planned Parenthood Federation for Africa(IPPFAR) in Nairobi- Kenya in March this year. In April this same year, he chaired the International Parliamentarians Conference on the Implementation of the International Conference on Population Development. This is a highly experienced personality we can’t afford to lose for any reason.
Ever since he has been a Member of Parliament, his loyalty and commitment to the party and constituency is unquestionable. He front almost all bills of party activities in the constituency and lend his presence where he is needed. It’s time for us as delegates to also reciprocate that commitment by endorsing him massively. We cannot afford to ‘sell our dog to purchase a monkey’ for a hunting game.
I sometimes hear people vehemently criticising Dr. Rashid Hassan Pelpuo falsely in the airwaves and every other available media. I’m not in anyway against constructive criticism but most of these people are those Dr. Rashid Hassan Pelpuo has helped in several ways. Due to their Oliver Twist nature, they always want more. When he decides that enough is enough since they are not the only members of the party in the constituency, they turn to malign him. This is however a selfless leader who have the concerns of his constituents at heart.
People may come out with well-crafted methodologies just to damage his reputation in an attempt to achieve their selfish desires. We should not listen to the impetuous roorback of these people. Losing Dr. Rashid Hassan Pelpuo in parliament will be colossal lost not only to the constituency but Ghana as a whole.
He is the only candidate tried and tested. He is the only one NPP fear in the constituency. So they are doing all they can so that he will not win the primaries; so that they can be certain of winning the seat for the first time in history. Let us not fall on the daggers of the NPP to wound the stallion and demoralize the jockey for the race.
Author: Zakaria Abdul-Hafiz