NDC Is Sensing Ominous Defeat; Says NPP campaign team
Ahead of the December 7 General Elections, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) says its main opponent, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), is sensing defeat and thus adopting strategies to prepare the minds of their supporters for the unfavourable outcome.
According to the NPP, the opposition NDC had set out to achieve two main objectives: first, to project the Electoral Commission (EC) as not being credible, incompetent and biased, and second, to create a false sense of insecurity to hoodwink the electorates.
The Deputy Campaign Manager for the NPP for this year’s general elections, Dr Mustapha Hamid, addressed the press yesterday in Accra, and outlined the plans of the NDC and why Ghanaians must vote for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
He said the agenda of the NDC was evidenced by its incessant attacks on the EC, the integrity of its processes, and persistent “doomsday” sensational proclamations to court disaffection for the government.
“On the back of an imminent defeat, the NDC has resorted to setting the stage to reject the outcome of the yet-to-be-conducted December polls,” he stated.
He continued: “Ironically, Mr. Mahama, who, on April 4, 2016, called on all political parties and other stakeholders to allow the Charlotte Osei-led EC to peacefully execute its mandate, has rather been leading attacks on the Jean Mensah-led EC. Ladies and gentlemen, what changed?
On June 10, 2020, Mr. Mahama was on record to have said, and I quote, “the NDC will not accept the results of a flawed election.” The hypocrisy and inconsistency of the NDC are legendary to say the least.”
“This clearly shows the unwillingness of candidate Mahama and the NDC to accept the outcome of the 2020 general elections should the NDC lose. 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,” he explained.
The NPP alleged at the presser that the NDC, through propaganda, was creating a false state of insecurity in the country to play on the emotions of Ghanaians for electoral gains.
It claimed statements by leading members of the party, such as Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, Sammy Gyamfi, and Inusah Fuseini amongst others, affirm this assertion.
The party further said the NDC had also resorted to the spread of fake news to dent the image of the NPP government.
It alleged a fake news portal, graphicgh.com, had been created to mimic graphic.com.gh to churn out fake news that misinforms the general public.
According to Dr Mustapha Hamid, the NDC had registered and was using so many of such domain names to populate the internet space with a lot of fake news.
“They mimic established media houses like the Ghana News Agency and such state news agencies. So, they have ghananewsavenue.com, bbcnewsghana.com and ghanapoliticsonline.com.
“It was, therefore, not surprising that leading NDC operatives started referencing graphicgh.com, the fake news portal, as the source of the alleged blacklisting of Ghana by the European Union (EU).
Consequently, a statement by Ambassador Diana Acconcia, head of EU’s delegation to Ghana, which debunked the said allegations, has stripped the NDC naked.
“Again, the National Cyber Security Centre has confirmed that an audio circulating on social media purported to be from an international media outlet suggesting that a government official was involved in laundering money to the UK, is also fake,” he asserted.
However, the NPP said it was shocked at the plague of self-denials that has blinded the NDC from accepting that Ghanaians would overwhelmingly reject them, come December 7, 2020.
“Even when credible global institutions have looked into the crystal ball and projected victory for the NPP in the 2020 general elections, the NDC remains adamant that it could hoodwink Ghanaians into believing in its propaganda-laden campaign message.
“It is worth reminding Ghanaians that on two separate occasions, April 2020, and July 2020 respectively, the Economist Intelligence Unit, a reputable global firm, predicted a win for the NPP. Similarly, a recent October 2020 report by the Fitch Solutions, an American-based rating agency, has also predicted victory for the NPP. The common denominator informing the predictions of these reputable firms is the superior governance and economic performance of the NPP, relative to the NDC, a universal truth that the NDC continues to deny,” he observed.
The NPP said the signals the NDC was picking that it would lose the polls were not just a result of their inferior track record in government, weak campaign machinery, and an unattractive flagbearer who suffers a serious credibility deficit, they also emanate from the sheer superiority of the NPP government in keeping to its campaign promises.
Again because the NPP has a credible leader in President Akufo-Addo and was relentlessly engaging the electorate in every corner of the country to share its message of hope and development through an efficient campaign machinery.
“Evidently, the NPP’s grassroots engagement has received massive public endorsement, while that of the NDC has lacked steam, resulting in instances of rejection by the people, leading to the suspension of campaign activities of its flagbearer and running mate,” and appealed to Ghanaians to ignore the NDC and vote four more for Nana to do more for Ghana.