Wed, 10 Apr 2024 Feature Article

Mahama's Peddling False Hope to Ghanaians as Elections Loom

Mahama's Peddling False Hope to Ghanaians as Elections Loom

As Ghana's upcoming election approaches, the leader of the opposition party, Mahama, is actively making promises across the country. Despite his defeat in the 2020 elections, he has continued to criticize the Ghanaian economy at every opportunity. This strategy is deeply ingrained in the NDC's leadership, aimed at arousing public emotion and portraying a bleak economic situation to attract voter sympathy. However, the NDC rarely addresses practical solutions to the problems they eagerly highlight, even though they promote a 24-hour economy as a revolutionary idea.

This situation raises a critical question for every Ghanaian considering the NDC's potential to alleviate the country's struggles: Can Mahama's NDC realistically transform the economy within two years, given the monumental challenges they emphasize? The adage "better the devil you know than the angel you don't" applies here. The NDC positions itself as a saviour, promising immediate improvements if given the power. Nonetheless, can they genuinely overhaul the economy swiftly, reduce living costs, and lower petrol prices to below 20 cedis, while also alleviating the price of basic commodities?

The underlying motive seems to be the NDC's hope for the continued decline under the current NPP governance, believing that it will enhance their electoral prospects. However, if an economic improvement is feasible, the NDC must present tangible solutions to the soaring cost of living and outline a clear plan for rapid recovery. If recovery is expected to be gradual, it would be irrational for Ghanaians to reinstate the NDC without a proven strategy for economic revival.

Instead of being swayed by the NDC's economic narratives, Ghanaians should demand concrete plans and accountability from them. The country must break free from the cycle of enriching political elites at the cost of the populace. Supporting the NDC without scrutinizing its ability to effect real change would indicate a collective complacency in Ghana's pursuit of progress and prosperity.