…Cries Death Threats From NDC
The card-bearing member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), who tried to hoodwink Ghanaians with a phony poll declared for his party in the name of the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana ,where he is a senior lecturer, has claimed he his life is under threat.
Dr. Isaac Owusu-Mensah, alleged he has received death threats from some members of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) after predicting victory for his; NPP and its flag bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo ,in next week Wednesday’s elections, following research he conducted on the upcoming polls.
The senior lecturer, who is a known member of the NPP with pictures of his closeness to Akufo-Addo and ex-President John Kufuor in wide circulation, failed to provide a shred of evidence to support his claim that the NDC want to kill him.
Speaking on State of Affairs on GHOne TV with Nana Aba Anamoah on Monday, November 29, Dr Owusu-Mensah said: “I have received death threats from NDC members.”
Pressed further by Nana Aba Anamoah, about how he knew those death threats were coming from NDC members, Dr Owusu-Mensah, said he had friends and family members who are part of some social media platforms created for NDC members only, and, so, he was aware of all the plots being hatched against him by his NDC adversaries.
Doubts emerged about the independence and credibility of Dr Owusu-Mensah’s polls, claimed to be from Political scientists at the University of Ghana’s Political Science Department, because the lead researcher, because he was found to be a known sympathizer of the NPP.
The Herald’s investigations revealed that, Dr. Isaac Owusu Mensah, has for years been working with the NPP as the Programme Officer of the party’s German partners, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in the Ghana Office located in Osu Badu Street in Accra.
So far, there have been almost four to five polls projecting victory for NPP, but the scientific reasoning behind these polls remain extremely doubtful just like those of Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey’s Research International and the Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko’s engineered Synovate polls churn out in 2008 and 2012 in the name of the party.
Interestingly, Dr. Isaac Owusu-Mensah’s doubtful research, is exciting the grassroots of the NPP, which has been in opposition for the past eight years.
The KAS is a political foundation, affiliated to the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). It is named after the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer, who was co-founded of the CDU with conservative and liberal traditions.
It is currently the ruling party in Germany with Chancellor Angela Dorothea Merkel, as its leader.
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in the Ghana Office, has been funding activities of the NPP for years. This has been through the training of national executives of the party, polling station agents among others.
It was the same Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in the Ghana Office, which facilitated Akufo-Addo’s visit to German and his meetings with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
Media report had claimed that, Political scientists at the University of Ghana’s Political Science Department, have said that the NPP, would take the lead over the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) if the upcoming general elections were to be held now, based a 3-month long election research in some key constituencies in various regions of the country.
According to them, this is because the NDC is losing its grip in key swing constituencies in the country.
Dr. Isaac Owusu Mensah, later in an interview on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News, said the research focused on twenty-four (24) swing constituencies.
“In the swing constituencies, our findings showed that the NDC is losing its strength in the constituencies and are losing it to the NPP,” he said.
He noted that, in the Greater Accra Region, the NDC had lost some support in areas such as Madina Zongo, and that suggests the gap between the parties will be close in the upcoming polls.
“For the National data, the NPP is in the lead with 49.4% of the votes from the swing constituencies.. per our findings, the NPP can win the elections in the first round depending on how well it mobilizes its resources. Even if they don’t win in the first round, they will be in the lead,” he said.
Dr. Owusu stated that, although the research was not emphatic on the chances of parliamentary candidates, its projections showed that the NDC’s Zanetor Rawlings will win the Klottey Korle parliamentary seat.
He added that “for Madina, NPP has taken Madina,” adding that, the NPP will have majority seats in the next parliament, adding that their findings have also revealed that the NDC’s planned 1.5 million votes in the Ashanti Region was impossible; but could still maintain about 30 per cent of the total votes cast.
Dr. Isaac Owusu Mensah noted that, although he believes the research captures the realities on the grounds ahead of the elections, the various candidates and parties involved can affect the dynamics if they effectively mobilize and deploy the resources to secure their victory.