Freedom of speech, expression and opinion are exclusive and unrestricted prerogative of every nation that seeks to champion the course of democracy and Ghana is no exception, over the years, the kind of democratic pace Ghana has set has indeed won global admiration.
Our governance system is seen primarily as an indispensable means of establishing and promoting certain universally recognized values,such as right to freedom of expression,right to hear and to be heard, right to have unhampered opinion on issues and right to freedom of expression of dissent views.
Though framers of our constitution opted multi-party system which guarentees freedom of expression that thrives on expression of divergent views but on the contrary, the posturing of the NPP in this current democratic dispensation is indeed quiet excruciating and worrisome. The overwhelming intolerance of dissent views in a broader perspective speaks negative about this country and its democracy.
Though extracts from the history of the party in question, speak volumes about how their founding fathers fought against expression of divergent views and the numerous attempt made to assassinate other political ideologies which in their thoughts, was a veritable threat to their political parochial gains but I thought those trivial and outmoded sense of reasoning had died with their damning past but l was wrong after all.
With such precedents, it serves children of history no surprise to learn on the current chastisement of card bearing members of the party who are in disagreement with the current leadership on issues bothering the party. The chasing out of Charles Wereko-Brobby, a founding father of the NPP for disagreeing with the party on matters relating to the petition, which seeks to vitiate legitimate votes is a clearer indication justifying the topic under deliberation.
The current sense of open radicalism and extremism encircling the NPP coupled with the damning strategy of employing miscreants who thrive on the use of invective and abusive languages in addressing competent and intelligent minds, who form the "core pillars" of the party is a direct slap on the face of multi-party democracy, a veritable tool likely to rob the tagged crest of democracy the party is purportedly known for, which some of us never believed per the retrospective analysis done to justify.
It is quiet incomprehensible that some elements worthy of emulation in the NPP would countenance such an irresponsible conduct coming from both current leadership and the youth wing of the party, a posturing which inflicts dishonour on the integrity, the image and the ideological values representing the party.
Internal party democracy is subjected to massive disruption and the liberty of it's members are being dragged into the mud-gutters unless they are trying to revive the old days of their ancestors where best brains like Dr. Nkrumah were forced to be expunged from the good books of the UGCC when it became evident that his intelligence far outweighed that of the entire composition of the Danquah-Busiah tradition.
The NPP over the years, parades as the apostles of democracy which is a complete deceit of ordinary intelligence with regards to the previous and current threat of eviction hanging on dissent minds.
The real identity of the party is gradually coming naked. The prominent figures who disagree with the party on issues are being chased with dogs of vandalism and death. The most unfortunate aspect of this trivial chastisement is that, it does not bother on the substance of the issues raised by some of these key elements but rather their personalities and loyalty to the party are trampled with impunity and slander, a racorous situation that mars internal politics of relations.
Dr. Authur Kennedy in his book titled "chasing the elephant into the bush", factors which he thought led to the NPP's abysmal performance in the 2008 general elections were unequivocally discussed to guide the party to avert similar future occurrence but instead his personality was exposed to slander, tongue lashing and was subsequently seen as an enemy within.
Out of sheer recalcitrance, Nana Addo was inevitably humiliated by his NDC counterpart, John Mahama in the 2012 elections, amidst of utter shock, the NPP were moved by some figured circumstances to appear before the supreme court to challenge the validity of Mahama's declaration as president, though it's their constitutional right, under article 64, it bears an indented mark of desperation and still remains a mission of futility.
Several persons have come under severe vilification for making public declarations of their utter dissatisfaction with the ongoing petition at the supreme court and hence a panic-stricken situation is created which intends to scare others from expressing similar sentiments on the petition and on other issues.
The thought provoking question that springs to mind is quiet simple, where is the internal party democracy in the NPP? Dr. Charles Wereko Brobby, Kwame Mpianim, Dr. Arthur Kennedy and several others are victims of such vile circumstances.
In my candid opinion, the entire leadership must agree with the school of thought that suggests that legitimate exchanges of dialogue must proceed without obstruction or coercion from any quarters.
To protect the rights of members, expression of dissent views, the right to protest against ill-directives coming from the top brass of the party must not be frown at any level but rather be tolerated because such are the impetus needed to build a better Ghana.
Good leaders must not rile up because members disagree with them on matters which bother on collective interest.
I think I may not be wrong to harbour the suspicion that until the current situation of ranking resentment in the party is addressed, being in opposition remains the singular option.