- The NDC has dismissed the EIU's call that the NPP will win election 2020
- According to the Mr. Kakra Essamuah who is communications director of the opposition party said the prediction is not based on credible grounds
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has rubbished predictions by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) will retain power in 2020.
The EIU report said it will be difficult for the opposition NDC under former President John Dramani Mahama, to portray itself as the better custodian of Ghana’s economy, especially as the country’s growth outlook looks fairly strong.
Reacting to this, the Communications Director of NDC, Kakra Essamuah, rubbished the predictions by the EIU.
According to him, the prediction is not scientifically backed and lacks merit, especially when it’s still 18 months to the 2020 polls.
“They should give us a break, 18 months into an election you are predicting who will win? How is that scientific? They want us to get complacent but we will not. Where is it from? We will go into the election with preparation in the hope that we will win,” Mr. Essamuah told Accra-based Starr FM.
“Recently, Macron won an election in France but today what is happening in France, so we are not going to worry ourselves on such reports at all.”
The NPP won the 2016 elections by a landslide margin, polling 53% of the total votes cast while the NDC could only manage 44.4%.
“Nana Akufo-Addo, the president, and his NPP will see the country’s economic situation generally improve during the remainder of their terms of office. In the presidential election, it says Akufo-Addo will face a challenge from John Mahama— Ghana’s president from 2012 to early 2017, who was elected leader of the opposition NDC in February 2019,” it said.
“The 2016 legislative election was won by the NPP; and the campaign was dominated by the faltering economy, which many Ghanaians still associate with Mr Mahama.”
“The Economist Intelligence Unit believes that it will be difficult for the NDC under Mr Mahama to portray itself as the better custodian of Ghana’s economy, especially as the country’s growth outlook is fairly strong.”
It added that “expect Mr. Akufo-Addo and the NPP to secure re-election in 2020.”
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