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CPP’s “Electric Shock” campaign childish, says Sekou Nkrumah

Sekou Nkrumah says the campaign strategy adopted by Ivor Greenstreet’s Convention People’s Party (CPP) is ridiculous and very childish

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  • "Their campaign style is unfortunately ridiculous and very childish and the fact of the matter is that, if anybody needs electric shock then it is the CPP leadership."

The political activist Sekou Nkrumah has described the campaign style of the Convention People’s Party’s flagbearer, Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, as “childish and ridiculous”.

He was responding to a viral video on social media in which Greenstreet is seen leading CPP supporters to chant “Electric Shock”, meaning that the party will shock the two leading political parties – the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) – on 7 December.

Many have described the style as pedestrian and others have ridiculed his approach.

Speaking in an interview with Asaase News, Dr Nkrumah said the CPP has lost its relevance in Ghana’s current politics.

“I have listened to Mr Greenstreet very carefully. I have also monitored social media. Their campaign style is unfortunately ridiculous and very childish, and the fact of the matter is that, if anybody needs an electric shock then it is the CPP leadership,” he said.

Nkrumah added: “They need a reality check. They need to come to terms with the fact that in today’s Ghana there are two political parties that dominate – the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP). The fact of the matter is that the CPP today is not going anywhere: it is not a vehicle of political relevance.”

However, the CPP flagbearer defended his campaign strategy, arguing that it will remind voters to choose the CPP in order to end the duopoly of the two biggest parties.

“Despite all the promises of the NDC and NPP, they have failed to deliver, hence the style of the campaign,” Greenstreet told Asaase News. He added: “We are calling on Ghanaians to be courageous and do that. That actually is the way to go because both NDC and NPP have delivered nothing.”

The Convention People’s Party was formed in Saltpond in the Central Region on 12 June 1949 by Ghana’s first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah. Its principal objective is to consolidate and maintain the independence and sovereignty of Ghana.

Fred Dzakpata

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