“Our elders say there is definitely a cause for any mad man’s insanity. The madness, they say, didn’t just happen at once…Before a mad person goes stark naked, there is a force behind his act and Alhaji Bature is behaving in like manner…
...look at the dimension the issue has taken, when a mad man lifts a stick to hit you, he will be throwing his hands wherever he goes to…So I am appealing to all journalists and reputable radio stations like Hello FM, not to feed on this diabolical story”.
The above was the response from political pressure group, Friends of Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings (FONKAR) to a publication in the Al-Hajj newspaper on Tuesday, September 27th, that former President Rawlings is planning to politically make a 360 degrees about-turn and join the NPP in what promises to be the mother of all defections in the annals of the country’s politics.
According to the newspaper, its claim is premised on the fact that the former President for some time now has not been contributing to issues of the party (NDC) as the founder due to the treatment meted out to him and his family at the party’s National Delegates’ Congress held in Sunyani, a couple of months ago.
A portion of the publication reads: “What propelled the former President more in his desire to join the opposition NPP is the recent announcement of defection of Major Boakye Gyan, his rival and mortal enemy to the ruling party, the party he has personally labored to father and nurture.
Rawlings is reported to have told his very close friends and associates that there is no way he and Boakye Gyan can be in one political party and so he is calling it quits with the NDC.”
But Operations Director of FONKAR, Ernest Owusu Bempah, who considers the newspaper editor as a discredited individual, believes he is only seeking to grab attention.
He admonished the media, especially radio stations who engage the services of the “Al-Hajj” newspaper editor as a studio discussant to take his submissions with a pinch of salt since he could probably be going insane.
“When such issues crop up and Alhaji Bature happens to be the source, I plead you do a further check before you call me. I want to give due reverence to your listeners and pardon me for what I’m about to say…I am sure that it is either Alhaji Bature is an illicit drug abuser or is simply a mad person,” Owusu Bempah said.
Quite outraged at the publication, the Operations Director for FONKAR in an interview with HelloFM in Kumasi, said the former host of Radio Gold’s “Alhaji and Alhaji” should be treated with utmost contempt since a toddler would not even trust his prognosis of events.
“It could be recalled that before the contest to elect a flagbearer for the NDC in Sunyani, Alhaji Bature told Ghanaians that Nana Konadu will eventually surrender her political ambition to be flagbearer of the NDC…that she will withdraw at the last minute and throw her weight behind Prof Mills. He even swore to cease being a studio panelist and even offered that radio stations should ban him from speaking to issues on air should Nana Konadu not do as he predicted…eventually it never came to pass…yet he (Bature) still continues to engage in political debates,” he said.
To him, Alhaji Bature was battering his already soiled image with his inconsistencies and further accused him of being part of the grand design to destroy the Rawlingses.
“They are trying to push them (Rawlingses) out of the NDC…People like the Ahwois (Kwesi, Kwamena and Ato Ahwoi) are his paymasters and are pushing him around to do that,” he alleged.
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