NDC to sweep more MP seats as Akufo Addo’s bad leadership manifests
With less than 65 days to the December polls, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo’s chances of winning the elections is getting slimmer and slimmer. This follows the decision by more disgruntled Parliamentary candidates, to damn consequences and contest the elections as Independent candidates.
The development comes at a time Ghana’s biggest opposition party, under the watch of Nana Akufo Addo’s bad leadership, is losing grounds even in its strongholds.
Many NPP grassroots supporters have vowed to vote ‘Skirt and Blouse’ in protest of available evidence that Nana Akufo Addo sponsored candidates and used his stature in the party to kill the ambition of known Kufuor loyalists.
Stalwats who have since remained silent include Ambassador Isaac Osei, former Health Minister, Dr Richard Anane and Esther Obeng Dapaah are among the 25 sitting MPs whose arms were twisted by the Nana Addo led machinations.
In Ashanti region, the NPP’s stronghold alone, as many as eleven constituencies including Kwadaso, Kwabere East, Atwima Kwawnoma, Bosome Freho, Subin, Adansi Asokwa, Nhyiaeso, Asante Akyem North and Nsuta Kwamang Beposo have a divided front.
Though majority of the constituencies are safe seats for the NPP, poll analysts say the party’s Presidential candidate will equally lose votes because of apathy among those bitter about his ability to unite the party.
Checks at the EC indicate as many as 29 NPP members, the largest in the party’s history, have officially filed nominations at the Electoral Commission to contest the December 7, 2016 elections.
MP for Bantama, Henry Kwabena Kokofu who also had also filed withdrew from the race following intense pressure from well-meaning leaders of the party.
Besides Ashanti region, the most populous in terms of electorates, Greater Accra follows and NDC’s domination has steadily increased from since 2008.
Then NDC’s candidate Professor John Atta Mills won 52.11 percent of votes during the first round of votes while Nana Akufo Addo of the NPP polled 46.03 percent of votes. The NDC won 66.7 percent of Parliamentary seats followed by the NPP with 33.3 percent.
In 2012, the NDC increased its Presidential votes marginally to 52.31 percent.
With less than 65 days to the December Polls, the NPP is still unsettled and risks losing more votes in six key constituencies in Accra. These are La-Dadekotopon, Osu Klottey-Korley, Ablekuma West, Krowor and Ledzorkuku, one of the densely populated constituencies.
Other constituencies where voter apathy among NPP supporter is likely to be high and possibly pave way for a Mahama victory are the Tatale constituency in the Northern region, Upper Denkyira East in the Central region, Odotobri and Akropong constituencies in the Eastern region and the Ahafo Ano North, Sunyani East and Kinatampo North all in Brong Ahafo another swing region.
It would be recalled that former President John Kufuor who served two terms in office, won between four and six regions between 2000 and 2004. Unfortunately the NPP under Nana Addo is becoming more unpopular.
In spite of the incumbency advantage, flamboyant campaign and the virtual clamp down on all media houses against broadcasting NDC promotional events during the heat of the campaign in 2008, Nana Addo missed his childhood dream by less than one percent. He polled 49.32% as against the 47.76 percent of votes secured by then candidate Professor Atta Mills.
Nana Addo was however rejected during the second round. The NDC won majority of votes 50.47% while Nana Addo managed a painful 49.53 percent.
The general dislike for Nana Addo according to analysts is a result of his own demeanor, utterances, pride, vindictive nature and media reports about addiction to drugs and women.
In 2012, he had a shock of his life when candidate John Mahama who succeeded late President Atta Mills used barely four months to win the election. Mr Mahama won 50.63 percent, an impressive figure compared to what the NDC won during the 2008 run-off. Nana Addo who won 47.81 percent ended up in court but lost the case.
72-year Nana Addo, tired and still struggling to micro manage the NPP is equally not winning votes for his MP aspirants.
In 2008, when he contested for the first time, the NPP lost as many as 21 Parliamentary seats from 129 in 2004 to 108 while the NDC swept 22 more seats.
In the 2012 elections, the NDC maintained its lead. The John Mahama led governing party has 148 seats in Parliament and the NPP, 123.
NPP under Nana Akufo Addo is virtually broke and cannot raise funds to support aspiring MPs. Donor fatigue has set in and few party financiers are also demanding the leadership patch up their differences and bring back suspended Chairman, Paul Afoko and General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong before they get any support.
Deep throat sources within the party say one of the architects of the Akyem Mafia, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko is strongly against that. He is supported by the likes of Nana Akomeah, Communications Director of the party and some die hard Nana Addo loyalists who see the move as a stab in their back.
Few wealthy members of the party including incumbent MPs have resolved to concentrate on their campaign to secure their seats since its become clear, a win for the NPP and Nana Addo will be a miracle.