NPP’s Desperation Peaks as planted ‘Dumsor Report’ drowns
Confusion has rocked Nana Akufo-Addo’s campaign team over how to package the NPP flagbearer’s message better to cloud campaign activities of President John Mahama.
Sources close to the flag bearer say the team is torn between planting negative stories about the NDC and pushing further Nana Akufo-Addo’s message to the people which seem to be monotonous and is not making the expected impact nationwide.
According to the source, one group led by an Akyem Maffia, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, who incidentally is Nana Akufo-Addo’s nephew, is pushing for planted news reports that can trigger public anxiety and incite them against government. But others fear that may not travel far because Nana Akufo-Addo has still not effectively marketed his vision to Ghanaians and that should be the prime focus of the party now.
Those in favour of false publications have gone ahead with stories that were to be blown out of proportion on friendly media platforms.
The latest is a Finder newspaper false publication alleging that the power crisis, dumsor isn’t over and that the current situation is a result of import from neighboring Cote D’Iviore.
The same paper had earlier, on Monday, October 24, 2016 published, another very negative propaganda which claimed it had cited a letter from government to the IMF pledging to implement a net freeze on government jobs in 2017.
But that was quickly rubbished in a statement signed by Communications Minister, Dr Omane Boamah. The Minister condemned the failure to do due diligence because the story had the potential of inciting young people seeking jobs against government especially with barely 40 days to the elections.
In spite of the condemnation and the failure of the agenda to sell, the NPP agents again set up the dumsor story. NPP’s Director of Policy, Boakye Agyarko quickly tried to fuel at a hurriedly held media briefing during which he cautioned that the retention of President John Mahama in office will bring back the crippling power problems. He also alleged there will be a shortfall of 700 megawatts.
But again government has exposed the NPP lies. First the Electricity Company of Ghana has issued a statement assuring the public it is not shedding load and that the recent power outages in some parts of Accra was to give way for routine maintenance.
“We don’t have a problem with crude purchase. The Takoradi power enclave received 500,000 barrels of crude last week and another fuel vessel has berthed at Tema. Ghana is importing some 600,000 barrels of crude oil a month at the cost of about $30million to fire thermal plants. We are strategically powering only three turbines at Akosombo though we can now rely on six. We have enough generation capacity and there is no cause for alarm.” … Mr Jinapor proudly told Joy FM’s Kojo Yankson.
He also debunked the notion power import from Ivory Coast confirms Ghana is still experiencing a shortfall. Mr Jinapor explained that the arrangement with Cote d’Ivoire is a power-sharing deal.
“With or without Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana is self-sufficient with power production. Anytime we take power we pay and anytime we give them power, they pay us. There is nothing wrong with sharing power,” ..He said referring to enduring power-sharing arrangements between Britain and Germany.
President Mahama’s ability to end the power crisis has dealt a heavy blow to the NPP which had hoped to make it their main campaign message. The party which had also planned to exploit issues about the economy is revising its strategy following the recent favourable reports by international rating agencies that Ghana’s economy is bouncing back.
The President, John Mahama and Finance Minister, Seth Tekper have insisted home grown policies adopted at the Senchi Consensus are yielding positive results but that has been challenged by Dr Mahamadu Bawumia.
The latest assessment by Standard and Pour’s, Moody’s and Fitch and have all given Ghana a positive outlook.
With these favourable reports and the massive infrastructure projects the NDC is campaigning with, the cash strapped disintegrated NPP is left with very little to chew on.