By Ephraim Nii Tan Sackey:
The more I listen to the proponents of “Give Me Money – Take Position” (GH¢400,000 filling fee), the more my heart bleeds for the have nots and posterity.
Our aim should be to produce the best leader for the country. Is that best leader the best fund raiser or the best resources manager?
Have we researched to know whether or not there is a positive correlation between one’s ability to raise funds and ability to deliver good governance?
I’ve heard the argument that politics is not poverty. I agree to the extent that poverty is multidimensional. It’s not only about the absence of money. It involves education, health, income, etc.
As critical thinkers, which of the aforementioned dimensions of poverty should we be interested in in predicting one’s ability to perform? Is it money, education or health?
The fear in relying on money is that the have nots who will sacrifice their time and strength to work for the party may not be considered for opportunities, when the party wins in 2020 compared to the haves who will contribute to raise the said funds.
Throughout my campaign as an aspirant for the position of Deputy General Secretary, I assured delegates about my commitment to end the decades of an electronic ‘dataless’ party. This comprehensive electronic database is absolutely needed to inter alia, identify those who can support the party financially to avoid challenges such as what we find ourselves in.
I want to use this opportunity to appeal to our elected leaders to identify a more creative means to generate funds for the party instead of relying on those who intend to lead.
In as much as we love our National Executives and believe in their judgment, let’s be mindful of the fact that our decisions today will affect our tomorrow.
My heart still bleeds for the have nots
Ephraim Nii Tan Sackey
Former Aspiring Deputy General Secretary