Somewhere in 2008, former President Rawlings was invited by the Upper West regional branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the region.
The decision followed the failure of the then New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to officially invite Mr. Rawlings to participate in an elaborate programme to celebrate the silver jubilee.
The NDC argued at the time, that since it was Mr. Rawlings who carved the Upper West Region out of the then Upper Region, the NPP government should have invited him to participate in the celebration, but for political reasons he was ignored.
This, the party noted, motivated them to invite their founder to a special durbar to also celebrate the silver anniversary in his own way.
Last Saturday, the chiefs and people of the Upper East Region also celebrated 50th years of the creation of the region by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s Convention People’s Party (CPP) government. As happened in 2008 during the NPP regime, prominent figures from the opposition parties were absent from the ground durbar held at Bolgatanga, which was addressed by President Mills.
So far, no official statement has been issued to explain whether the opposition parties were invited or not, to participate in the programme.
Under normal circumstances, all the previous regional ministers of the region should have also been present to give the celebration a national colour, but this did not happen. The Chronicle thinks the winner takes all politics gradually creeping into the Ghanaian society is not a best practice we must encourage.
During his recent visit to the country, President Barack Obama commended the government for making it possible for both government and opposition officials to welcome him at the airport.
Indeed, former President Rawlings and his predecessor, John Kufuor, exhibited similar conducts by inviting the opposition figures to similar programmes. We are, therefore, at a loss as to why our leaders cannot do the same thing when it comes to domestic issues, but always allow politics to drown them.
The Chronicle thinks the time has come for our political office holders to do away with these kinds of politics, and unite for the development of this country. The 2008 episode at Wa, and the recent one at Bolgatanga, should end it all.