Managing editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Junior, says juxtaposing the political leadership of yesteryears to the current political leadership, there’s a clear decline in the quality of leadership in the country’s political scene.
“I have been watching the Ghanaian political scene very closely for up to about forty (40) years. There’s something that I’m seeing there is a clear decline in the quality of leadership and I dare anyone to challenge me,” Pratt said on Good Morning Ghana.
Speaking on the Metro TV’s flagship programme hosted by Dr. Randy Abbey on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, the seasoned journalist mentioned his pronouncement was not limited to only the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), but a lucid observation of all the political parties in the country.
“I’m being very frank, not about the two dominant parties. It is about all the political parties, there is a certain fall in standards.”
“Before to be in a leadership position at any level of a political party organization, you needed to have a certain caliber (I’m not talking about educational standards) I’m talking about even vision and so on. Now look at what we have, look at all the political parties. It does appear that they are perhaps, 3 most important qualifications for leadership,” the Editor-in-Chief, Insight Newspaper said.
Outlining these qualifications, the controversial political analyst mentioned “undoubtedly, it is the size of your pocket. You can be a bafool, you can be an idiot (sic), but as long as your pocket is full, you can attain a political position in this country.”
His comments come on the back of the General Secretary of the NPP, John Boadu, who intimated about 715 people applied to be MMDCEs in the fifty-five districts in the 5 north regions.
Mr. Boadu was very concerned with the impact of the mass disappointments that may ensue as a result of the president picking 55 people out of the 715 men and women who have worked in diverse ways over the years for the party, especially to enhance the fortunes of the party.
“We cannot allow this process and the aftermath of it to derail the gains that have been made in uniting the party ahead of the 2024 general elections and beyond. We all should be mindful of the ramifications and manage our expectations, understanding the principle that what unites us as a party must be greater and bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions, differences of birth, wealth, tribal and ethnic affiliations,” Mr. Boadu told the aspirants.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana