Indeed, proverbs, are palm oil, with which words are eaten, as said by Chinua Achebe in Things Fall Apart.
Some define proverbs as generally fairly short statements that, designed to teach something, which have been used since ancient times as a teaching tool.
Proverbs are easy to remember and can come to the mind when one faces situations that are particularly relevant to their application.
In Africa, one’s ability to use proverbs with ease earns him reverence and admiration by people he knows or knows not, increasing his popularity beyond his territory.
And in Ghanaian politics, one man is noted for his proverbs prowess – Member of Parliament (MP) for Sagnarigu constituency, Alhaji A. B. A. Fuseini.
He dazzles his audience with proverbs in everything he says wherever, leaving the people so wowed, even in parliament.
But, many followers of his 2020 opponent, NPP then parliamentary candidate for Sagnarigu, Madam Felicia Tetteh, known widely as Precious Stone were more excited to read a proverb from her yesterday, February 7, 2021, when she wrote, “Tribal politics – The stick they used in beating Poclair is the same stick they will use to beat Poclaira.”
It is still not clear, what or whom she was reffering to as “Poclair” and “Poclaira”, but, comments on the posts indicated she was sharing her thoughts on the just generated “tribal politics” in the northern region, which according to some observers is targeted at the NPP Northern Regional chairman, Mr. Mohammed Mbantima Samba.
Information garthered by this portal reveals that Madam Felicia did not enjoy so much support from chairman Samba, as father of the party in the region during the 2020 campaign, and this affected her greatly.
Her own words, after the elections solidified our information, when she said at the Northern Regional Coordinating Council, “The Regional executives, most party officials should not discriminate, when it comes to constituencies. When it comes to elections, there are a lot of surprises. Maybe places that you think you will win, it is never possible. I believe that if I had the maximum support and cooperation from this region, Sagnarigu would have fallen flat for NPP.”
It will be recalled that ghdominancenews.com published a story on January 7, about the NPP first vice chairman, Alhaji Iddrisu Sunday, which sought to pooh-pooh rumors that he was secretly destroying his boss, chairman Samba, that “he is not a Northerner and a Dagomba and for that matter he should not be re-elected for the second time should he seek for reelection.”
Alhaji Iddrisu Sunday was one of few regional executives that were seen campaigning for Madam Felicia Tetteh to dislodge the NDC A. B. A. Fuseini.
Ghana Dominance News (GDN) is following closely, and will keep you informed, as to when something happens regarding this “Tribal Politics” agenda.
On this proverbial note, we entreat you to leave a proverb in our comment box : “One who steals has no right to complain if he is robbed.”