In the run-up to election 2008, The Enquirer newspaper edited by my friend now turned foe, Raymond Archer, carried a number of publications on Dr. Arthur Kobina Kennedy, a foremost member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who was then the Director of Communications of the Nana Addo campaign.
The body of the publications was that Dr. Kennedy had been awarded some type of contract through allegedly underhand means in the health sector, and that he was in custody of a government vehicle which he is alleged to have used in his political campaigns.
At the time, I did not give the publications much credit. It was part of the murky but damaging slew of allegations made by the pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) press against leading functionaries of the then ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) with the hope that some would stick.
Indeed some of the allegations stuck and the effect was the electoral loss of the NPP.
I am referring to this matter for one reason. Dr. Kennedy was supposed to be a communications guru for Nana Addo, but he could not save even his own reputation.
Indeed, by his association with Nana Addo, he became a liability, and the Akufo Addo campaign had to deal with the allegations against his conduct.
I also remember that at the time a number of scurrilous allegations were made against Nana Addo, allegations that did needless damage against the reputation of Nana Addo. Dr. Kennedy did pretty little about the situation, in spite of the fact that he was in charge of communications.
I remember listening to him on Radio Gold with communications disaster at the castle today, Koku Anyidoho, on the other line and out of public fame Deputy Minister of Information, James A Boateng as host and it was really bad for the Arthur K.
I don't want to repeat what Koku said about Nana Addo but Arthur K did nothing as the communications guru and the two NDC propagandists had their way.
Even in writing his own book, he consulted a known journalist who was against Nana Addo because he was turned down by the campaign team but found his way into the home of Ken Ofori Atta.
In Arthur K's book, everything he wrote about Malik Baako was also from this same journalist.
Also, Dr. Arthur Kennedy, who lives mainly in the United States, was one of the seventeen aspirants who tried to win the presidential slot of the NPP, an activity many blame for the poor fortunes of the NPP.
Imagine somebody walking off the plane after twenty years living abroad and seeking to become the President after a few weeks. That was Arthur Kennedy. I am unwilling to say this, but Arthur Kennedy contributed significantly to Akufo Addo's loss.
He played part of the mess, and I am glad that today he is so happy telling us of the whys and wherefores of the NPP's electoral loss.
I hope he remembers his own contributions. It is a very good work even though he is going to make some money, I doubt if he can look at the holes in his book.
I encourage him to continue with it, whilst members of the NPP engage in the real and very hard work of re-building their image for another attempt at power in 2012.