Astute political commentator and Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Prof. Ransford Edward Gyampo, has asked members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to focus on helping President Akufo-Addo right his wrongs in the second term instead of deciding who must lead the party in 2024.
According to Prof.Gyampo, this current event in the party where different groups are campaigning for different people to lead the party is a show of needless selfishness and a distraction for who must replace President Akufo Addo.
“It is a needless show of selfishness and a distraction for the discourse on who must replace President Akufo Addo, to be commenced, at a time when government hasn’t even been fully formed,” part of his post said.
The political scientist is also of the view that while the NPP is making an early decision, they should be mindful that their biggest opponent, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will also strategically choose their nost populat person.
His post comes after several undertone campaigns have and are still taking place in the party for the next flagbearer. Names that have already popped up include Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Alan Kyeremanteng and Dr. Osei Afriyie Akoto.
Read his full post below:
1. It is a needless show of selfishness and a distraction for the discourse on who must replace President Akufo Addo, to be commenced, at a time when government hasn’t even been fully formed. Deputy Ministers haven’t been appointed. Boards and heads of other state institutions are yet to be appointed. MMDCEs haven’t been appointed.
2. There were serious challenges with the first term of the Akufo Addo administration that led to the kind of results for the party in the 2020 elections. These challenges have to be dealt with even as the President strives to leave a legacy. This is not the time to talk about who must replace or take over from him. He needs all to work with him to right the wrongs in his previous administration and to do something drastic that would make his party still attractive to the citizenry after eight years in power. It is in the interest of those seeking to take over from him, to ensure that he succeeds in his second term. For it is his success that would make things a bit easier for the NPP’s 2024.
3. The discussion on who must lead the party after the President, would by all means take place. But this is not the time. When we get there, it would be cheap for the discourse to be shaped brazingly by only by ethnicity. Whoever deserves to take over from the President must come from somewhere in Ghana. But the person must have the competence and pedigree to lead the party to victory. Where one comes from, cannot be used to replace one’s competence in a country that is fighting hard to extricate itself from the quagmires of poverty and underdevelopment.
4. As the NPP thinks about whoever would replace the President, they must be mindful of the fact that the NDC would strategically elect their most popular person, who has also produced an unprecedented election results in the history of Ghana’s Fourth Republic. They can choose to fight and divide their party and witness the telling impact on their electoral fortunes in the next election. They can also make the replacement of President Akufo Addo so seamless, and render the upcoming elections of 2024, a keen contest.
5. Any political party worth it salt, must ab initio, know who can lead it to victory and who can lead it to defeat. Once this is known, the “talkings” must commence immediately the time comes for the discourse on who must lead the party. It is also Democratic to identify and reach out timeously, to people whose candidature can generate schisms and hurt a party’s electoral fortunes, for the purposes of dialogue, (not force and intimidation) with a view to getting them to rather support a candidate who can, at the minimum, make an impending election keenly competitive.
6. Elders in the party must not take sides and desist from the politically “loose talks” that betray their partiality. They must watch whatever is going on and act swiftly when appropriate, in closing ranks. For if the NDC in 2020 wasn’t a walk-over, it’s potential in the next election is palpably indubitable.
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