Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a New Patriotic Party (NPP) stalwart and political strategist, has said that Ghanaians cannot in any way blame President Akufo-Addo and his government for all the struggles they are going through.
The Akufo-Addo-led government has ascribed the economic hardship Ghana is facing to the negative effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on economies worldwide and, more recently, to the global economic turbulence caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
However, the political stalwart said that, despite the economic challenges, Ghanaians are optimistic in anticipating how the structures and mechanisms that the government and state machinery will institute will work to alleviate their hardships.
“Crossing the 8”
Otchere-Darko also said that although, under Ghana’s current constitutional arrangements, every government collapses after eight years at most, the New Patriotic Party is capable of “breaking the eight” come 2024.
Speaking to the media, Otchere-Darko said, “I’ll say that every government breaks down after eight years historically. The NPP has what it takes to cross the eight because Ghanaians, regardless of the struggles that people are going through right now, … also know that they can’t blame the president and his government for all of it.
“So, they want to see how well the government performs in alleviating the struggles that they’re going through and preparing the country for the future.
“They’ll look at that and look at the alternative, and once they look at the alternative and they know that the alternative hasn’t changed, then, they look at how the government has managed the crisis.
“And they look at who the NPP’s candidate is and what he’s saying. That will be an addition, will also bring something fresh, because, regardless of the fact that you’ve been part of the government and you’ve been given the mandate as the next president, we expect that you come with your fresh ideas,” the founder of the public policy think tank the Danquah Institute added.