Captain Smart, the Smart Show host on Smart TV has said he would have voted for Vice President, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, to become flagbearer if he were a delegate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The option he noted is to refute the assertion that his criticism of the ruling government is to make Alan Kyerematen popular at the expense of the Vice president.
But Mr. Smart, who is also host of “Onua Maakye”, on Media General’s Onua TV said the allegations are unfounded and that even if he was a delegate, he would have voted for Bawumia.
He explained there is no third force to flip power from the ruling NPP and opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), and power, will rotate between the two parties at least for some time. However, he noted Ghanaians have entrusted the success of leadership to prayers –inspired by religion –instead of reasonable policies to propel the nation, which Christian Presidents have failed prior to the fourth republic, for which reason he would have preferred a Muslim.
“…You heal your NDC, I heal my NPP then we heal the country. When you call for the right things to be done, some people will sit somewhere and say it is because of Alan. See, I’ll vote Bawumia if I was a delegate because we’ve tasted all the Christians and they couldn’t do anything. Which of our prayers constructed a kilometre of road? Which of our prayers stopped the Chinese from doing galamsey here? Let’s think and work,” he disclosed on the Monday, June 7, 2021 edition of the show.
His criticism, which he explained is for the betterment of the country but not to propagate the candidature of any aspirant stems from comments made by President Akufo-Addo on the culture of silence tag placed on his government, which he says is a falsity, but rather, a constructive censure the media should embrace.
“Did I hear our president well, that we [government] criticising the media is not an attack but criticising the presidency is an attack? Now all the media houses are afraid especially those with other businesses because they feel their businesses would be destroyed. I won’t stop talking because you’re not a full human when you eat, drink and get satisfied whilst others are hungry and thirsty and you keep quiet,” he added.
Speaking at the African Journalists’ Leaders Conference on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, President Akufo-Addo indicated when journalists are physically attacked or prevented from doing their work, no matter where in the world it takes place, that is an attack on media freedom, and must be roundly condemned by all. However, “there seems to be an emerging narrative, which is being proffered by some in Ghana, that critiquing the work of a journalist constitutes an attack on media freedom. That certainly cannot be described as an attack on media freedom.” He continued, “having the freedom to criticise and oppose should also mean that the media is ready to accept and work with criticisms of its work by the citizenry or officialdom. That, for me, is one of the surest ways of improving the public discourse of our respective countries, and we should all strive towards realising this.”
This, is what the Smart Show host says is not true and that, if the presidency knows criticism is good, it should in likewise manner, accept same from others without intimidating them.