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Have you travelled in rural Nigeria by any chance? Adedeji swigs palm wine, smacks his lips, surveys the remaining foamy contents of the calabash approvingly and waxes grandly philosophical: "Ibi di wind fit show fowl im nyass", he declares. (He pronounces fowl, "far-well.") 

He is dead right. It is only nature which reveals what nature herself conceals. Amid all the propaganda and acrimony, it is only the final tally of the poll which will reveal the voter appeal and substance of the presidential candidates and that naturally, would include the jokers.

In the meantime, voters have a few more months to reflect carefully on the decision they are about to take on November 7, before they sign off their destiny as a people. 

For willing and discerning students of life and politics, but especially the spin masters, propagandists, commentators and election pollsters who always hold sway in the months leading to every election, the results of previous elections but especially the 2008 elections and its subsequent run-off, must have  taught one lesson about national elections in Ghana: 

Behind the anonymity and silence of the mass of our people, there constantly lurks a powerful force capable of standing popular assumptions upside down, moderating the expectations of the over-presumptuous and humbling the all-knowing super wise. 

You may try to recall what happened in 2008: The very first results had the late President Mills in the lead by more than 50 per cent and Nana Akufo-Addo closely behind with less than 49 per cent of the certified results. Then as Ghana and the world watched the percentages suddenly swung in favour of Akufo-Addo. 

As voting day wore on, votes from the so-called respective strongholds of the NDC and the NPP kept swinging the prospects of victory in favour of Mills and Akufo-Addo back and forth like a yo-yo gone berserk. Then Akufo-Addo maintained his lead. 

Thereafter, scanty communication from the EC left the nation in tension and suspense-packed silence all day on the voting day which was a Monday and the next day, Tuesday. Like Alsatians straining furiously on leashes, party supporters were rearing to go and celebrate. You have heard what has been said about human nature: 

To fill the long hours of shattering silence, each side soon began claiming victory, with the NDC insisting that something untoward was happening. Those were scary moments, no?

By Tuesday evening, many people were asking one question: How can a political party win parliamentary elections in six out of 10 regions and still yield a lead in the poll to its closest rival?

When the Chairman of the Electoral Commission was done with his mathematics of the ballot box, Akufo-Addo obtained 49.13 and Mills 47.92 percent of the votes, leading to the dreaded run-off which ended with Mills carrying the day!

My heroes in the first run of the 2008 Election {as with all elections}, were the millions of our compatriots who turned out to vote. Ever hopeful of a better life but nonetheless never unmindful of our continent's recent political experience, many of them, must have known that they probably had little to gain and so much to lose if they were betrayed. 

Yet they still massed up outside polling stations, more than eight million of them, to sign off their lives yet again, to new, unpredictable political leaders. 

Many started queuing up by midnight on the eve of polling day and stayed in the queues in the scorching sun for hours on polling day to vote. 

Do you reckon our politicians, when they look at voters in queues, see what Jesus saw in the multitudes which followed him? People heavily weighed down by their worries and cares and looking like sheep without a shepherd! Do you reckon that somehow, the sight of voters in the queues will ever prick the conscience of politicians to the point that they really determine to do everything possible to make life bearable and decent for the people if elected?