Dr. Kobi Mensah, a Political Marketing Strategist at the University of Ghana Business School, has stated that the current economic difficulties or challenges the country is going through do not make the 2024 election a straight fight for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) as the surest bet unless they work for it.
According to him, it would not augur well for the NDC to think that the 2024 election was a done deal for victory, because of the economic hardship, unless they come out with their policies to convince the electorate.
Speaking on Joynews PM Express programme, hosted by Evans Mensah, on The Cost of Domestic Debt Exchange, Dr. Mensah suggested that the governing New Patriotic Path (NPP) still had the opportunity to strategies to enable them retain political power, hence, the 2024 election was not a straight fight for neither NDC or NPP.
According to him, though the NPP and the government had not shown any remorse that they were in difficulties, the cost of the domestic debt exchange goes beyond elections.
He stated that currently the legacy of Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo was affected, touting the NPP as the best managers of the economy was also affected, hence, the intensity was gone, for which the government must show remorse and be transparent with Ghanaians.
Dr. Theophilus Acheampong, political risk analyst, was also of the view that some Ghanaians may not see the NDC as an alternative and would decide not to vote, and for that matter, the NDC must bring on board policies that would facilitate governance.
With the debt exchange programme, Dr. Acheampong stated that the government clearly miscalculated the ability of individual bond holders to mobilise funds, and that the NPP stood to lose from what he terms a huge political miscalculation at the expense of the NPP.
Dr. Kwame Asa-Asante, a political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, entreated the NPP as a political party to call the Finance Minister and the government to order for the sake of their future political fortunes.
According to him, since President Akufo-Addo leaves office in 2024, it would be difficult for the NPP in the elections if the party does not put its acts together.
He noted the NPP was losing credibility, and stressed the importance and need for the party to work and correct the situation.
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