The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is planning to reject the results of the 2020 general election as it picks up signals that it faces imminent defeat, the governing New Patriotic Party’s deputy campaign manager has said.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday 14 October 2020, in Accra, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said that with 54 days to go to the elections, the main opposition party has activated an agenda to project Ghana’s election management body as not credible, incompetent and biased. It is also trying to create a false sense of insecurity to hoodwink the voters.
“These are evidenced by their incessant attacks on the EC, the integrity of its processes and persistent doomsday sensational proclamations to court disaffection for the government, with the ultimate aim of salvaging their plummeting electoral fortunes,” he said.
Abdul-Hamid argued that, facing imminent defeat, the NDC has resorted to setting the stage to reject the outcome of the yet-to-be-held December polls.
The NDC’s presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama, is on the record as having said on 10 June 2020, that “the NDC will not accept the results of a flawed election”.
“This clearly shows the unwillingness of Candidate Mahama and the NDC to accept the outcome of the 2020 general election should the NDC lose,” Abdul-Hamid told the press conference.
“Following their failed attempt to prevent the compilation of the new voters’ register, the NDC has consistently attacked the EC as incompetent, and projected it as an appendage of the ruling party.”
2020 defeat will be worse than 2016’s
The NDC, he said, is pursuing all these unscrupulous activities by way of a knee-jerk reaction, to avert the grand defeat that awaits the party on 7 December 2020.
“Through propaganda, the NDC is creating a false state of insecurity in the country to play on the emotions of Ghanaians for electoral gain,” the NPP campaign honcho said.
“Statements by leading members of the party such as Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, Sammy Gyamfi and Inusah Fuseini … affirm this assertion.”
Abdul-Hamid said the signals being picked by the NDC suggest that their defeat in 2020 will be far worse than that of 2016 because of the opposition party’s inferior track record in government, its weak campaign machinery, and an unattractive flagbearer who is suffering from a grievous credibility deficit.
“They also emanate from the sheer superiority of the NPP government in keeping to its campaign promises, having a credible leader in His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and relentlessly engaging electorates in every corner of the country to share its message of hope and development through an efficient campaign machinery,” Abdul-Hamid said.
Off-road to nurse wounds
The deputy campaign director also said that the NPP’s grass-roots engagement has received massive public endorsement, while that of the NDC has lost steam.
This has led to instances where the people have rejected the NDC touring campaign outright, leading to the suspension of campaign activities of the party’s flagbearer and running mate.
“We of the NPP have also not been surprised bythe bankruptcy of ideas and inefficiency that have characterised the NDC’s campaign. What is shocking, however, is the plague of self-denial that has blinded the party from accepting that Ghanaians will overwhelmingly reject them come 7 December 2020,” Abdul-Hamid said.
“Even when credible global institutions have looked into the crystal ball and projected victory for the NPP in the 2020 general election, the NDC remains adamant that it could hoodwink Ghanaians into believing in its propaganda-laden campaign message,” he said.
On two separate occasions (April and July 2020), the Economist Intelligence Unit, a reputable global firm, has predicted a win for the NPP in the December election. Similarly, a report published this month by Fitch Solutions, a US-based rating agency, forecasts victory for the NPP.
Click the link below to read the full statement by the NPP.
Wilberforce Asare / Asaase Radio