Former Chairman of Ghana’s ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and its campaign manager for the successful 2016 general elections, Peter Mac Manu, was over the weekend denied entry into Kenya at the Jommo Kenyatta Airport by the Kenyan government security.
The news is that Kenya’s National Security Intelligence Service (NSIS) received a tip-off from a very prominent figure in Ghana that Mr. Mac Manu’s visit was allegedly to help manipulate the results of Tuesday’s presidential polls for the main opposition leader, Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA).
However, investigations undertaken by your authoritative Ghana News have revealed that John Mahama, the former President of Ghana, was the one who gave that dangerously false information to the Kenyan authorities.
Tensions are extremely high in the Eastern African country as the country returns to the polling booths this Tuesday, with opinion polls suggesting a likely defeat for the incumbent. The killing of the IT director of the Kenyan electoral body and attacks on the offices of the opposition party days up to the polls have been condemned worldwide.
Mr. Mac Manu, who is currently the chairman of the Democratic Union of Africa (DUA), an association of centre-right political parties in Africa, was officially and transparently leading a team of DUA members to go and observe the August 8 Kenyan elections.
Mr. John Mahama, who has adopted Kenya as his second ‘matrimonial’ home, leaked this potentially explosive false information not necessarily to serve the interest of the the Kenyan people or the commonwealth observer mission he is leading. It follows a pattern as part of his unrelenting attempts to convince himself and others who may care to listen that the emphatic defeat the Ghanaian people rendered to him in the December polls in Ghana was caused by rigging.
Unable to live with the devastating defeat his party suffered in both the presidential and parliamentary elections of December 7, 2016, as the incumbent, Mr. Mahama has since the declaration of the 2016 results privately and repeatedly told international diplomats and politicians both in Ghana and abroad that the New Patriotic Party stole the elections.
Indeed, at least five ambassadors in Ghana, including three from western Europe, have confirmed this to the Ghana News that the former President specifically alleged that the NPP brought in experts from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States, who hacked into the computer system of the Electoral Commission, to allegedly overturn the results in favour of Nana Akufo-Addo of the then opposition NPP.
In line with this lie, which has also been told to his favourite drinking partner, Uhuru Kenyatta, Ghana’s former President could not resist the temptation to seize on the public announcement that the NPP’s 2016 campaign manager was leading an international observer mission to Kenya.
Although, those he tells this tale of being rigged out of office to, turn around to laugh it off when his back is turned, Mr. Mahama, who is preparing to run again in 2020, appears prepared to go the extra mile to even cause a grave diplomatic row between Ghana and Kenya with his latest spin on the old rigging lie.
The facts of the matter are that his National Democratic Congress (NDC) went into the 2016 elections as the incumbent holding 148 parliamentary seats, with the NPP holding 123 seats. John Mahama had also been declared winner of the 2012 presidential polls with 50.7% against Nana Akufo-Addo’s 47.74%, a difference of about 320,000 votes, which was challenged at the Supreme Court, ending in a 5-4 controversial split decision in favour of the then incumbent.
All of this was put to bed by the emphatic thrashing Mr. Mahama suffered in the 2016 polls, which was described by one observer as “beyond riggable margin”. In the parliamentary elections, the NDC lost 55 of seats it held compared to 9 seats lost by the NPP. The net effect was that Nana Akufo-Addo’s NPP had a net gain of 46 seats and John Mahama’s NDC suffered a net loss of 42 seats. Today, the NPP holds 169 seats against the NDC’s 106 seats.
In the results of the 2016 Presidential elections, Nana Akufo-Addo polled 53.80%, the first opposition leader in Ghana’s 60-year history to achieve a first round victory in a presidential race. John Mahama slumped to 44.40%, translating into a difference of nearly 1 million votes in what has been described by international observers as the most transparent polls in Africa’s history.
The defeated NDC Presidential candidate, John Mahama who was also the incumbent President at the time together with his party, the NDC are refusing to get used to the fact that he lost the elections and that he led the NDC to its worst ever electoral defeat.
Ghana News is also aware of John Mahama’s regular visits to Kenya, where he has a love child with Irene Nthoki and owns a $2 million mansion.
Mr. Mac Manu’s invitation to Kenya has nothing to do with the NPP, as a party. Mac Manu’s active role in the affairs of DUA on the African level and the International Democratic Union (IDU) on the global level is not a hidden one. He has also observed several elections across the continent.
The NDC also belongs to an association of leftist parties across the democratic world called Socialist International. There is also a federation of liberal parties called Liberals International.
The International Democratic Union (IDU) which is an association of conservative parties held its first executive meeting in Africa in Ghana in June, 2017, hosted by the NPP. DUA, which Mac Manu was leading to observe the Kenyan elections, is an African subset of the IDU.
A pro-NDC news portal, wwww.ghanapoliticsonline.com, fabricated a story that President Uhuru Kenyatta was not invited to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Akufo-Addo. The Kenyan leader, like every elected leader of the African Union, was duly invited. Ghana’s relations with Kenya remains solid.