Although residents of Sekondi-Takoradi feel very sad about the untimely death of President JEA Mills and have greatly mourned him, they have resolved never to translate their grief and sorrows into sympathy votes for the ruling National Democratic Congress in the December 7 general elections.
A cross-section of the people who have been phoning-in into local radio programmes since the demise of the deceased tax and law professor say there is no way that this sad and sudden incident would alter their avowed decision to vote for the New Patriotic Party and its flag bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The ruling National Democratic congress, they say, would therefore be highly disappointed if it expects President Mills’ death to fetch them any sympathy votes in Sekondi-Takoradi area.
This outburst put to rest speculations in the metropolis that, moved by President Mills’ death, the residents would have sympathy for his party and retain it in power during the polls.
The callers maintain they are still very angry with the ruling NDC for mismanaging the Ghanaian economy and would therefore show the late former President’s party the exit come December.
They contend that President Mills’ death has not in any way changed the fortunes of the country and that Ghana remains the same since that black Tuesday. To them, high cost of living, exorbitant school fees, near collapse of the National Health Insurance Scheme and payment of huge and unrealistic judgement debts which President Mills presided over, still stare Ghanaians in the face.
Consequently, the people say they do not see the sense and wisdom in retaining this ‘incompetent government’ in power, stressing that there is absolutely nothing that the newly sworn -in president, John Dramani Mahama, and his vice, Paa Kwesi Bekoe Ammissah-Arthur, could do overnight to reverse the mess that Ghana has found itself in the last three and a half years.
They say the country’s custom and traditions forbid making unpalatable comments about the dead and would therefore not be too hard on the deceased president.
Some of the angry callers, who continue to express disgust at the ‘deceptive nature’ of President Mahama, entertain fears that he may run the nation on the altar of lies and unfulfilled promises.
It may be recalled that during the 2008 electioneering campaign, President Mahama, as the then presidential running mate, promised the chiefs and people of the Western Region that an NDC government would put aside ten percent of the oil revenue for development of the region. He, however, denied ever making that promise when the people started agitating for that fund.