Opinion: Campaign for free & fair elections not peace

Opinion: Campaign for free & fair elections not peace

Multiple award-winning Ghanaian writer, Waterz Yidana, said on his Facebook timeline that he might leave the country for greener pastures if John Mahama loses the impending elections.

He has expressed his dissatisfaction with the leadership of the current government.

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He said that things are too hard and the youth are suffering in the country. He opined that though politicians in Africa or Ghana seem to be the same, some of them have better policies and these policies are helpful to humanity.

“The NPP is too fond of populism and that's just my problem with them.” John Mahama is not perfect and cannot be counted as perfect and that was the reason why we voted him out of power last four years, but, if you dispassionately look at what is happening in the country right now, in terms of corruption and lawlessness, you would agree with me that Nana Akufo Addo has underperformed, therefore needs to rest for John Mahama to take over.

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The track records of John Mahama is there for us all to see, especially in the areas of infrastructure and media freedom. It is too sad that as a people we can no longer speak truth to power for the fear of being tagged NDC or NPP.

We must all come together as one people and build this country to a level where majority of the people will be gainfully employed and comfortable in life. It is not about blind partisanship or being too partisan; we can be political and analyse the happenings in our country with an honest opinion meant to drive the country forward” Says the author

The writer who is also a social media commentator has been very critical of Nana Akufo-Addo's government. He said that he had high hopes in Nana Akufo Addo and Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, but they have let the country down.

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He also said that people should rather be campaigning for free and fair elections, not peace.

"There is already peace in this country and Ghanaians are peace-loving people, so the focus should rather be on free and fair elections." Says the award-winning author.

He encouraged the youth to vote wisely, as their vote is what makes the politician powerful.

The writer whose books are studied in universities both in Ghana and abroad has advised the youth to act with decorum in their support for political parties and not engage in worthless brawls during and after the elections and he hopes that the elections are free and fair.

He further stated that the country should not be divided because of our individual political affiliations, but see politics as a means to develop our country. “We can all live together peacefully while belonging to different political parties.

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The writer is known for his award-winning books and his controversial Facebook posts on national and other topical issues. He has branded himself as a no-nonsense man and his role models are revolutionaries who fought for freedom in Africa and around the world.

He mentioned Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Peter Tosh, Steve Biko, Wole Soyinka, Thomas Sankara, Tupac, Malcolm X and a few others as men who inspired his activism and writing.

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Source: Yen

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