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Gabby Otchere-Darko’s British Citizenship & his Ketu South ethnicity tirades

News Hub Creator 06/4/2020

He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones. This is a universal saying that has gained currency; and it defines especially, those whose hypocritical stunts are often as nauseating as their double standards. Gabby Asare Otcher-Darko, an operative at the presidency and a cousin of the President, some commentators believe, is an epitome of any such description

Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko might be positing to be more Ghanaian than others with his ethnic induced tirades at indigenes of Ketu South constituency in the Volta Region; but out from nowhere, his British Passport pops up and that instantly undermines his Ghanaian nationality even more than the forte and guts to question the content and character of indigenes of Ketu South in the Volta Region. This article is accompanied by Otchere-Darko’s British Passport and also his Ghanaian voter ID card.

The name in the passport is Otchere-Darko Gabriel Victor Asare with his British Citizenship boldly stated in the said passport together with his boyish looking passport picture. His birth date in the passport is 20th April, 1967. The passport number is 523830462. Gabby’s class and school mates at the St. Peter’s Secondary School, now St. Peter’s Senior High School, Nkwetea Kwahu, confirm that Gabby’s christened name from forms one to five (1-5) is the same as what is in his British Passport.

His St. Peters mates further hint that after completing form five (5) in 1984, Gabby sojourned to the UK and that is where he might have taken the British citizenship. Has Gabby renounced his British citizenship or dual nationality? That is a multi-million question that some of his closest allies who Gabby often attends St. Peter’s Old Boys’ meetings with do not seem to know. These school mates believe as someone who is almost always in the public eye, if Gabby had given up on his foreign nationality, it would have been made public by now.

It’s believed Gabby was not given any public office because of his non Ghanaian status. The premise is that some Ghanaian sojourners with foreign or dual nationality suffered immense humiliation and embarrassment because they failed to renounce their acquired nationality. A case in point is the former MP for Bawku Central, Adamu Dramani, who a High Court disqualified from representing the people of that constituency because he failed to renounce his foreign or dual nationality when he stood for the Parliamentary elections.  

 Why the interest in Gabby’s Nationality?

So why would anyone be interested in a private decision taken by Otchere-Darko to become a British Citizen? There is the human interest angle which makes people or some Ghanaians to want to know why a Ghanaian would want to acquire the nationality of another country or a have a dual citizenship. Of course, such curiosity soars when the person under reference is a politician. Ghana has had an unpleasant record where an MP as alluded to earlier in this write-up lost his status as a legislator because he held a dual nationality.

In the stricter sense of the word, Gabby is not a public office holder; but his commentaries on political and other national issues make people inquisitive about almost everything that he does or engages in. Again his foreign status is of significant interest to most Ghanaians, especially his political opponents because of the way and manner he has assumed the position as a daring agenda-setter for particularly, his cousin the President; and the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

 Last week, the influential member of the “Inner Cabinet” of the President courted controversy when he posed this question on his twitter handle:…….Out of Ghana’s 275 constituencies, Ketu South is the most populous constituency in Ghana in terms of number of names on the electoral role. Why and How? Discuss”. He further averred that Ketu South has 149, 2019 registered voters. Dome Kwabenya follows with 144, 624 registered voters, with Ledzokuku 142, 995, the Ablekuma Central 137, 154. Discuss the economic and/or social activities which give Ketu South the largest roll in Ghana?

There was a sharp rebuttal from a former deputy Minister of Communications and currently, an aspiring MP for the Abura Asebu Kwamankese constituency of the Central Region, Felix Ofosu Kwakye, who replied Gabby thus: This is an ethnocentrism of the most undesirable kind. The exact reason why Ketu South shouldn’t be the most populous is what? You rather Kyebi was the most populous.

It’s argued in some quarters that until Gabby comes clean on the saga of his foreign or dual nationality as his passport suggests, he has no legal or moral authority to question the integrity of any Ghanaian electoral roll. Indeed, the suggestive narrative is that Gabby like any other foreign national, is only covered by Ghanaian laws to live in this country with a reciprocal obligation of abiding by the laws, norms and conventions of the country without causing unnecessary consternation within the country’s body-politic.

So until there is enough or concrete evidence to suggest that Gabby has renounced his British Citizenship, he has no right or authority as a foreigner domiciled in Ghana to impugn on the integrity on an issue as highly contagious, volatile and sensitive as Ghana’s electoral register.But a sizeable number of Ghanaians who have condemned his tweet believe such has been the ingrained narrative of the NPP that the electoral register for Ketu South has since 1992, when the country embarked on its first elections in the 4th Republic been over-bloated.

The often cited, but unscientific argument is premised on the fact that many Togolese cross over Ghana’s border to register to vote in Ghanaian elections in some of the towns that constitute that the Ketu South constituency. So Gabby’s tweet although subtle, represents an overwhelming view held within the NPP that the Ketu South constituency is the microcosm of how the electoral register is over-bloated in many NDC strongholds, especially the Volta Region.

That explains why the NPP and its ilk like Gabby Otchere-Darko are fully in support of the decision by the Electoral Commission (EC) to compile a new voters’ register within a limited time. There is however a fierce resistance by the NDC which claim its intelligence report suggests that the ruling party is in cohort with the EC to compile the new register to disenfranchise many prospective NDC voters in the party’s strongholds.  Gabby Otchere Darko’s tweet does seem to fall in line with the NDC’s position on the voter’s register.

Gabby’s illogical logic on Ketu South

Gabby enquired from his tweet why Ketu South has the highest number of voters and whether that number supports the socio-economic life of the people in the constituency. Gabby might have thrown a subtle jab, but his intentions are clear to any student of Ghana’s political history.  To put it bluntly, Gabby just went on a subterfuge to justify why folks within the NPP are so obsessed with the passion of backing the EC for a new voters’ register to blunt what is currently in place as an over-subscribed voters’ roll.

Perhaps Otchere-Darko is struggling to fathom how a relatively rural setting like Aflao and other towns and villages in Ketu South should command such a high population. To begin with, this is not the first time the NPP is disputing voting numbers coming in from the Ketu South constituency. In fact, it begun from 1992 and has continued to as recent as 2016; and it’s still ongoing in 2020. Within the period, there had been three new electoral registers; yet the voting numbers in Ketu South still remain one of the highest in the country.

Did organizers of every single new register allow non-Ghanaians to cross over the Togolese board to register? And which party in Ghana do Togolese people like or support and therefore would prefer to vote for? It’s even on record that former President Rawlings was not particularly, an ally of former Togolese President, Gnassingbe Eyadema. Contrary to the entrenched view point of the NPP, there are many factors that lead to higher population growth than just the jaundiced political bias that often beclouds sound judgment that should be based on economic and social factors. 

Border areas attract migrants at the least call. It’s one spot that business booms each giving day because of cross border activities. In our part of the world, where we have very evasive borders as the case may be from Aflao, Ghana’s immediate border town with Togo; to other towns up to our borders with Northern Togo, the attraction becomes immense. The porous nature of the borders, increase the influx of people to these border towns because they can easily breach the security detail deployed in these towns.

So people may not necessarily have permanent residency in Ketu South, but may register to vote in the area because of their trade or business interest. It’s a standard practice in most trade centers and markets throughout the country. Again Ketu South is a paramountcy with a Paramount Chief. There are a number of indices that the Ministry of Local Government looks out for before promoting an area to a paramountcy. These include the number of people in the area; the size of towns making up the area; the level of infrastructure and job opportunities.

These are clear research leads that people like Gabby Otchere Darko should engage thoroughly before disputing the population size or figures of an area. It’s obvious that Gabby and his ilk is struggling to break NDC’s hold in Ketu South and the Volta Region; and the only way they believe they can achieve that is to wage a psychological warfare with such innuendos that have the potential to generate unnecessary challenge against the nationality of people in Ketu South.

 Weija, Dome Kwabenya , Ledzokuku & Ablekuma Central Constituencies

Gabby made these four constituencies part of his case study; questioning whether the people in the Ketu South constituency measure up to the names of eligible voters on the voting roll. Obviously he was trying to insinuate that being part of an urban area, there is the likelihood that people may be attracted to these constituencies more than Ketu South because of the large economic and social activities of the four constituencies.

But what Gabby failed to acknowledge is that there are equally rural communities in these constituencies which population may not necessarily be that dense. What are the economic and social benefits in these rural set that are likely to attract a large pool of residents?At a point in time, the Weija constituency was not only the biggest in the country, but also in voter population. It is one constituency that has voted the NPP since 1996 even when it was split into Weija and Weija Gbawe.

Same with Ablekuma Central and Dome Kwabenya constituencies. These are two constituencies that have consistently posted huge voter returns for the NPP since 1996. Even in the case of Ledzokuku the voter fortune had been split between the NDC and the NPP since 1996. Many thought if Otchere-Darko’s trajectory had been based on facts and research, devoid of doing the subtle bidding of the NPP, he would have also questioned why his party-the NPP enjoyed and still continue to post higher voter return in these constituencies? Has the NPP also stuffed the voters’ register of these constituencies with none residents?

The Bantama Constituency

Until the Bantama constituency was split into Bantama and the Nhyiaeso constituencies, the latter was considered the most populous in the Ashanti Region and by extension the entire country. Despite the split, the NPP still enjoy a voter windfall in Bantama. Not even the split of the constituency has caused any voter deficiency in numbers to the NPP. The fact remains that Nhyiaeso also remained a voter-gift to the NPP. So it didn’t affect the NPP at all when the Bantama constituency was divided into two.

View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The votes for the NPP in the two constituencies are just the same as the party’s votes in the old Bantama constituency. Many political watchers are of the hope that as the NPP target the Ketu South constituency as a test case of an over-bloated voters’ roll, albeit unscientific, they will also consider including Bantama, Ledzokuku, Adenta-Dome and the Ablekuma Central into the pool of controversial constituencies that need serious re-audit of their voter numbers.  

 

 

 

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