The role of losing candidates long after the Electoral Commission has declared the ‘sacred’ results remains a puzzle for many. It is often easier to guess the role of the victorious in society, for the vanquished, the role appears uncertain. How can such persons remain relevant and contribute their quota without antagonizing the incumbent? It is one situation that must be handled with tact.
The UG Situation
To pen such an article is tough, particularly when I belong to such a class, a cohort of failed leaders (I lost Legon Hall JCR elections). I have since that fateful day, the results were declared, tried to be relevant, not for the sake of relevance, but to eschew the very virtues I sought to convince students I possessed. I promised electorates of my preparedness to serve the front, be it in victory or defeat. It’s been a year since that defeat, inflicted upon me by a fine gentleman, George Asamoah Sakyi.
Several names come to mind, Michael Adjei Darkwah, Dinko Hanaan Dinko, Kwame Apenteng and Kenneth Parku-Ackah (didn’t contest though), Rich Kofi Kofituo, Paul Kadan, Joshua Boadi, Alice Amegah and our own Mikdad Mohammed. These are persons who have either lost elections on legon campus or were prevented from contesting by the infamous 3.0 CGPA.
Kwame Appenteng and Kenneth Parku-Ackah (2014 SRC Elections)
The dreaded 3.0 CGPA requirement fortunately or unfortunately decided the fate of the two gentlemen. Kwame Appenteng, by far had been tipped as the favorite candidate ahead of eventual winner Joshua Dogbe (contested unopposed). A fine budding leader who spoke impeccable English and had a fine understanding of contemporary student politics. Kenneth Parku-Ackah on the other hand, was rumored to partner Joshua Andrews Egyir (eventually the vice of Joshua Dogbe).
At the close of nomination, a single name appeared on the notice board for presidency, Joshua Dogbe. Appenteng and Ackah were two names conspicuously missing. The rumor mill was once more in motion, some claimed Appenteng’s CGPA was beyond 3.0 prior to the close of nomination, one course he had read the previous semester was released, and guess what, he landed at 2.9 something (less than 3.0). Some also alleged foul play. For Ackah, the mill didn’t say much of him than simply claiming he fell short of the requirement.
The veracity of these rumors might be difficult to ascertain, but the life of the two afterwards is worth touching on. Kwame Appenteng, a protégé of Michael Adjei Darkwah (lost to Edem Agbanna in the 2013 elections), was still regular at meetings of the SRC General assembly. He still possessed the deep voice (his trademark) and continued to make it (voice) heard on the floor of the house. He contributed to discussions when necessary and argued forcefully. Kwame and His ‘Boss’ Michael Adjei Darkwah played a key role in the 2015 elections serving as ‘counsels’ to eventual winner Davies Ohene Fobi.
Parku-Ackah disappeared into thin air.
K Rich and Joshua Boadi
To be continued…