Following disclosure by sources that doctors caring for Vice President Bawumia have decided to discharge him from hospital, The Republic has picked up that he will return to the country on Thursday.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was scheduled to return to the country on Sunday, sources say, however President Nana Akufo-Addo who is in Ethiopia attending the African Union summit is said to have re-arranged that his return be timed for Thursday.
Reason for the change in plans is a combination of factors – Dr. Bawumia is still a convalescent, while a recalibration state organogram has seen Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Mike Ocquaye, act as President in the absence of the President and his Vice.
Ideally, Dr. Bawumia would have just breezed into town and taken over from Speaker Mike Ocquaye pending the return of President Akufo-Addo from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. However, his state of health is still not solid and the NPP is keen on hiding it from Ghanaians.
Therefore, rather than have him return and automatically take over from Ocquaye as Acting President, which would force him to face TV cameras as part of the Presidential role, it has been arranged that he stays in the UK until President Akufo-Addo returns and reassume the Presidency from Ocquqye.
This will enable President Akufo-Addo to attract the limelight to himself while a perfect cover is created for Dr. Bawumia to tip-toe back in.
Sources say the whole strategy to have President Akufo-Addo play the role of a red herring has been planned for execution on Thursday. Consequently, even though Dr. Bawumia is said to have been discharged from hospital he is still in London waiting for signal from the President that the coast is clear.
Sources say the effects of the stroke that he allegedly suffered are still visible on him and will take time for him to fully recover from them.
The Vice President had suddenly been taken ill almost two weeks ago and rushed to a local hospital for emergency attention. Amidst wonderment over the sudden ill health of the Dr. Bawumia, the NPP government had issued a statement begging Ghanaians to pray for him.
The request for prayers alarmed many Ghanaians as such requests are part of the euphemisms of a deeply religious Ghana. In Ghana when urgent prayers are asked for someone who is sick, it is a euphemistic way of saying that the person’s condition is very critical.
Interestingly after the NPP government had appealed to the sense of humanity of Ghanaians, the same government turned round and started insulting the intelligence of the people with cheap PR stunts to water down the seriousness of the matter.
Amidst the government’s cheap obscurantist tactics, it emerged that Dr. Bawumia had suffered stroke that had allegedly been brought on by food poisoning. The news of the possible food poisoning has since left the NPP government smelly with suspicion from Ghanaians.
A further attempt by the government to water down the public’s interest in the matter has seen it contradict itself multiple times. Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, President Akufo-Addo’s infamous cousin, for instance claimed he had traveled to the UK and found out that Dr. Bawumia had not been on admission at all. According to him, the Vice President was only taking a rest from duty at a small flat in London.
However, Gabby’s claim has since been contradictory to Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare’s earlier statement confirming that Dr. Bawumia had gone on medical leave.
Over the weekend, the NPP released old videos and pictures of Dr. Bawumia to create the impression that he is not sick but roaming about on the streets of London. Ghanaians have since found out that the video and pictures are from 2015 when Bawumia was a Running Mate and not a Vice President.
Amidst the drama, impeccable sources of The Republic have kept this paper posted on what is really happening to Dr. Bawumia. He is said to have been discharged from the Wellington hospital where he had been transferred to after a first call at the Guy’s hospital.
Following the said discharge, he was supposed to return to the country last week and had planned to return on Sunday but he has still not recovered fully and would be exposed as such if he returns since President Akufo-Addo is out of the country. A confirmation to Ghanaians that the Vice President had been seriously ill would undo all the PR that the NPP has done so far.
To prevent the public relations nightmare, President Akufo-Addo is said to have told him to hold on until he returns back from Ethiopia where he is attending an AU summit to provide him with the perfect cover to come in without too much public attention.