Ploughing indolently through the lists of qualified and disqualified presidential aspirants as announced by the Electoral Commission, the quotidian phenomenon of failed candidates reared its head, wryly.
It rekindles the memories of 2016 as Charlotte Osei, some failed aspirants accused, had deliberately curtailed their outings for reasons not so glaringly clear.
Some of those who were eliminated in 2016 made the cut this time around since they might have taken steps to avoid the hiccups which marred their ambitions four years ago.
Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, Kofi Akpaloo, Akua Donkor and Hassan Ayariga jumped over the hurdles of yesterday, leaving Akwasi Addai Odike and Agyenim Boateng panting for breath in the latest episode.
Jean Mensa and her charges, there is a consentaneous agreement, have diligently scrutinized the seas of applications brought before the Commission by all the 17 aspirants and came out with the qualified candidates of 12.
Though still high, the EC couldn’t have just disqualified aspirants on the basis that the numbers are high. The coming few weeks will witness interesting spectacles as the war of words would begin earnestly, at least amongst the qualified smaller parties and the disqualified ones.
The cocky Marricke Kofi Gane, the ebullient Kofi Koranteng, the lost-at-sea Akwasi Addai Odike, the pastoral looking Kwesi Busumburu and the Mahama apparatchik, Agyenim Boateng, also known as Gyataba, proved to be aspirants who were only good as far as the elimination point as they’ve been shoved out of the race by their own failures in diligently doing things right.
It takes more to aspire to lead a people. Social media hypes and likes contribute very little to the success of aspirants who are not up to scratch.
P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.