Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has said the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) intends ending the cycle of political power changing hands every eight years between the ruling New Patriotic Party and the leading opposition National Democratic Congress.
His comment follows the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) prediction that the NDC will win the 2024 general election.
According to the EIU, “The next parliamentary and presidential elections are due in 2024. Under the constitutionally mandated term limits, Mr. Akufo-Addo cannot run for a third term.”
It adds that “Mr. Mahama is reportedly considering whether to run again, but we expect the NDC to seek to revitalize its prospects with a fresh candidate. After two terms of NPP government, we expect the NDC to win the 2024 presidential election and to gain a small majority in parliament.”
First things first
The Minister at a press conference held on Sunday, March 21, 2021, said the governing NPP has decided to sustain the support of Ghanaians in 2024 through viable economic policies, adding that “We are very much aware of this tendency [as observed in the EIU report], but we believe that this whole thing where every 8 years even when the country is making progress, power changes hands, it is something that can actually set us back.
In his opinion, that is why this administration intends to work very hard to retain the confidence of the people by the time that our second term mandate is done….So that we can break the eight-year cycle.”
We agree with the Minister that the party will be taking an unnecessary risk if it puts the cart before the horse and tolerates the divisive games that people are playing in hitting one hopeful’s head against another.
We also agree that since winning power first should be our primary aim, we must help the government in its bid to re-engineer a recovery of the economy through the creation of jobs and other viable policies.
New leader at the right time
By all means, the NPP will have a new flag bearer for the first time in four elections as President Akufo-Addo prepares to end his final term as President.
The current conversation and, sometimes, subtle campaign ongoing on social media and other platforms from the camps of the various flag bearer hopefuls is in no one’s interests.
We saw that in 2008 and because we failed to manage it, it festered and we spent all our time doing the wrong thing, allowing the opposition NDC to undercut us and steal victory in 2008, despite our satisfactory performance.
We, therefore, call on the National Executive Committee and the National Council of the party to intervene and focus on what needs to be done now for that tomorrow’s victory that we all anticipate to be sealed.