- Christian Kwabena Andrew, Flagbearer of the Ghana Union Movement seems to be the new third force in Ghana's political
- He pulled a surprise with his sterling performance in the just ended December 7 presidential election
- He came third after polling 53,313 votes representing 0.42 percent
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Christian Kwabena Andrew, Founder and Flagbearer of the Ghana Union Movement pulled a surprise with his sterling performance in the just ended December 7 presidential and Parliamentary election.
The election saw President Akufo-Addo being re-elected in a keenly contested election between his main contender John Dramani Mahama of the main opposition National Democratic Congress.
The President won by 51.59% of the total votes cast as against Mahama’s 6,214,889 representing 47.36%. Akufo-Addo polled a total of 6,730,413 votes out of the total 13,434,574.
Christian Kwabena Andrew of the Ghana Union Movement came third after polling 53,313 votes representing 0.42 percent.
Eleven parties namely the New Patriotic Party (NPP), National Democratic Congress (NDC), Convention People’s Party (CPP), People’s National Convention (PNC), Progressive People’s Party (PPP), National Democratic Party (NDP), Ghana Union Movement (GUM), Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), All people’s Congress (APC ), Great Consolidated People’s Party (GCPP), Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), including an Independent Candidate, Asiedu Walker, contested the elections.
The Founder of the Ghana Union Movement, Osofo Kyiri Abosom, is also the founder and leader of the Life Assembly Worship Centre.
The aim of GUM is to address the challenges confronting the nation.
The party, though new in Ghana’s political front, has received massive endorsement across the length and breadth of the country.
The founder of GUM who doubles as founder of the Life Assembly Worship Centre, with branches in Accra and Kumasi.
His main message was that both the opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC and the ruling New Patriotic Party NPP are spent forces, having wasted glorious opportunities Ghana’s first President bequeathed the country.
His party which was founded in March 2019 was the first political to launch its manifesto ahead of the December 7 elections.
At the event, he described himself as the new Kwame Nkrumah and declared that the "spirit of Nkrumah is back". He hoped to be able to break the duopoly between the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party which have dominated Ghana during the Fourth Republic.
Rev Christian Kwabena Andrew leveraged on his work as religious works over the past few years. He has travelled across the country to exorcizing gods, hence the name Osofo Kyiri Abosom .
The GUM Flagberaer who also owns Fire Tv, on a digital platform has over the past few months used the medium to transmit contrasting videos of Ghana’s economic circumstances in the first and second republics with that of the fourth republic, sometimes with those of our independent era comparator countries, to indicate the needless gulf between us.
Some political analyst believes this could have played to his advantage in winning swing voters and members or followers of his message across the country.
Brigadier General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah a former member of the National Democratic Congress in August endorsed the Flagbearer of GUM ahead of the December 7 elections.
Nunoo-Mensah said the party’s message of giving priority to industrialisation and its vision of reviving abandoned factories that were left behind by Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, were what attracted him.
Spurred by pragmatism
“I am somebody who is very pragmatic: I look at issues and find a solution,” the former chief of staff told Asaase News.
“And I look at Ghana today … I have been around for a very long time – 83, 84 years; I have seen Ghana’s development up and down – and I have come to the stage where I am not sure about the future of this country and where we are going.
“We had this Fourth Republic in 1992 – almost 28 years [ago]. We have done this experiment of NDC and NPP. And I’m looking into the future and I can’t see clear, because I look at my background and where I am coming,” he said.
The Founder of GUM on December 9 told Asaase Radio he was not surprised by his sterling performance in the 2020 elections.
“I am not surprised because when I was going for the elections, I knew definitely I will do well, but to remove this people outright is not easy, it will take a little bit of time, so me myself I knew I was going to do better but not to win the election totally,” he said.
“But I cannot come out to tell you that I cannot win, what will my followers say, definitely you need to achieve a point and base on that you continue,” he said.
He told Asaase Radio he is willing to take up an appointment from the Akufo-Addo led government if he is given the mandate to revive ailing factories that have been abandoned by current and successive governments.
The GUM flagbearer has also served noticed he will pull a surprise in the upcoming 2024 General election.
By Fred Dzakpata
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