NDC/NPP 'Clash' Over 2020 Elections In Tema West
Mr James Enu, the 2016 National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary candidate for Tema West Constituency has stated that the NDC can win the 2020 polls hands down if they are able to put their acts together.
He said the President Akufo-Addo's administration had been hit by corruption, nepotism and massive incompetence thereby placing regrets on the faces of Ghanaians who voted them into power in 2016.
'Unless the NPP rigs the 2020 election or the impossible happens, there is no way the NDC will remain in opposition beyond 2020.' Mr Enu stated at the sidelines of a New Year Party he had organised for members of his Party in Tema.
'Now, the only thing that can stand between the NDC and victory in 2020 is the NDC itself - complacency, backbiting, unnecessary squabbles and lack of vigilance - these are what we should guard against,' he added.
The lawyer called on the rank and file of the party to soul-search and winnow out negativities.
The party was used to commemorate God's grace and to show appreciation to supporters and admirers for their unflinching support.
Mr Enu said the Ghanaian voter's disappointment with the NPP government could be felt in the air throughout the country, adding 'Everywhere you go, the common complaint is that life has become unbearable - Electricity, fuel and transportation have become more expensive. Rather than all the big things that the NPP promised in opposition it is this serious hardship that it has brought the people.
'If there is anybody who is still singing the praises of the NPP at this stage, just do a background check on the person and you will realise that he is an NPP fanatic.
He urged Ghanaians not to give up hope, saying that even though three more years of the NPP governance looked like suicide, 2020 would surely come and bring with it the opportunity to vote out the NPP.
'For members of the great NDC, I call for hard work and focus, like I said, with the unprecedented incompetence, nepotism corruption and hardship that the NPP has inflicted on Ghanaians, it will take only the NDC itself to deny itself of victory in 2020.'
He said it was only the NDC that had a support base of at least 45 per cent of voters, adding that the five percent and one vote that would be required to get the party elected is already in the basket if the NDC can hold onto it.
Reacting to the claims of the 2016 Tema West NDC Parliamentary candidate in an interview with the Ghana News Agency after orgnaising a similar party for his supporters, Mr Dennis Amfo Sefa, an aspiring Tema West NPP Constituency Chairman said he was not surprised as the defeated NDC Parliamentary candidate was yet to recover from the humiliating defeat that they suffered in 2016.
'I will start from his own background - Lawyer James Enu lost the Tema West seat to Mr Carlos Ahenkorah of the NPP by over 16,000 votes. On the Presidential level, John Mahama lost by almost one million votes which is unprecedented.
'The question is when such losers speak and declare themselves victorious in future rather than in the present, do you take them serious? Let's not forget that these are the same people who said they were in a comfortable lead even when it was clear that they had lost the 2016 election,' he said.
The aspiring NPP Constituency Chairman, popularly known as Nana Boakye said it was pre-matured to judge President Akufo-Addo's government with just one year, when he had the mandate for four years, based on which it could be renewed.
'It is said that it is an unwise person who judges a book by its cover. The NPP has been in power for only one year.
In this first year, all we have been doing is cleaning up the mess that you people left behind. How do you use only one year to judge a government when the mandate is for four years?
'And when Lawyer Enu says that the NPP is corrupt he expects us to take him seriously, when he is a member of the NDC? This is the party that is notorious for so much corruption…'
Mr Sefa urged Ghanaians to disregard the NDC and their propaganda re-echoing President Akufo-Addo's promise that in the coming year, Ghanaians will get to know who the real corrupt people are.
'From next year, when the prosecutions begin, we will see who the real thieves and criminals are in this country,' he added.