Says Crumpled-NPP Can Only Rise Without Him
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) 2016 flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, will not be able to bring the match-needed political power to the party, in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections slated for December 7.
That is the verdict of a fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and a lecturer at the University of Ghana (UG) Legon, Dr. Ransford Gyampo.
“I am not trying to undermine anybody, but whether you like it or not, me I don’t like NDC to win, but you will win that one, I know honestly. I know, because you know how to win elections, ok. So me, I know, so when I say it, you don’t have to antagonize me. The NPP is crumbled that one everybody knows, NPP will come, maybe after Nana Addo, but not Nana Addo”, Dr. Gyampo, who has soft spots for the NPP lamented.
He argued that the NPP, could only come near power, after changing Nana Akufo-Addo as its flagbearer, because he has failed woefully to hold it members together.
Dr. Ransford Gyampoh, believes that the NPP, will lose the December 7, Presidential election for the third time with its 72-year old candidate.
The Political Science lecturer, was emphatic the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by President John Dramani Mahama, was going to be retained.
It is no secret the NPP is ravaged beyond repairs, following the suspension of many of its members, including very bigwigs like it national chairman, Paul Afoko, general secretary, Kwabena Agyapong and second vice, Sammy Crabbe.
Many, who fear suspension or the dreaded sack, have kept mute sitting on the fence waiting for the Nana Addo led NPP to crush again, so that they can come together and start the search for power with a new leader. That search has been dubbed, Agenda 2020.
Dr. Gyampoh, who was captured on a secret audio recording speaking to an NDC supporter, admits he does not want the governing NDC to retain power, but that is what is going to happen, because their fierce opponents, are in a shambolic state.
According to him, the NDC which has been described as an election winning machine, will beat the NPP again to maintain their record, as the only political party to have won most elections since the return to Constitutional rule.
The lecturer, mincing no words said, “If you like it or not, NPP is crumbled that one is true, everybody knows”, he said about the largest opposition group, barely one week to the general polls.
Though it is likely the IEA Fellow, will not reveal such unwelcome news on national radio, he has confided in someone in a tape, a copy of which is exclusively with The Herald.
For now, only time will tell, because the crucial elections is just few days away, where the world will witness whether the NPP and Nana Addo will prove Dr. Gyampoh wrong or he will be praised for predicting correctly when President Mahama wins.
Meanwhile, the United States (US) Embassy in Accra. has warned US citizens domiciled in Ghana to be cautious of their movements around the country as the December 7 elections draw nearer.
A statement issued by the embassy on Friday November 25 titled: ‘Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety Considerations and the Upcoming Elections’ said, although the Embassy had no information regarding planned protests, it wanted to make Americans aware that social disruptions or protests could occur with little or no warning throughout Ghana.
The statement further said: “Exercise caution during the election process, particularly around polling locations in the weeks before and after the elections. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
“Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.”
The Embassy added that it identified the following locations in Accra as key areas where people converge to hold spontaneous political rallies and demonstrations: State House, the Ministries, Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Independence Square, Mantse Agbona (James Town), Kawokudi Park, Nima Police Station Park.
It added: “Embassy personnel are not permitted to travel at night outside of major cities and are encouraged to avoid the following areas outside of Accra: Upper West: Lawra, Wa Central, Upper East: Bawku, Northern: Tolon, Sagnarigu, Yendi, Volta: Nkwanta South, Hohoe, Ho Central, Adaklu, Ketu South, Western: Jomoro, Bia West, Brong Ahafo: Techiman South, Tain, Berekum West, Berekum East, and Ashanti: Bantama, Asokwa, Nhyiaeso, Manhyia North, Manhyia South, Suame, Oforikrom, and Asawase.
“We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens travelling to or residing in Ghana enrol in the Department of State’s Smart Traveller Enrolment Program (STEP). STEP enrolment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency. If you do not have internet access, enrol directly with the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana…”