The National Democratic Party (NDP) has rejected invitations from the Progressive People's Party (PPP) to form an alliance towards the 2020 general elections.
According to the NDP, this offer of a merger with other political parties points to the PPP's frustrations of its chances in the next general elections.
Speaking to 3FM, the general secretary of the NDP, Alhaji Frimpong said, "What we are hearing from the PPP sounds just like frustration over the pace of our democracy. And of course they are moaning a serious pitfall in our constitutional democracy.
“…it is an expression of frustration, but it is not logical that when you go into alliance you can then look at some of the impediment that are deep down in our system."
On Monday, March 13, the PPP held a press conference in Accra announcing it's willingness to merge with other political parties to form an alliance strong enough against the ruling party.
The party chairman, Dr Nii Allotey Brew-Hammond while addressing the press stated, "After careful consideration, the party wishes to invite like-minded progressive political parties and individuals to discuss and reach agreement to forge an alternative to the NPP and the NDC to contest election 2020 and beyond."
However, the NDP secretary further remarks on this new call by the PPP, saying, "the governance that we live brings about what we term as oligarchy most of the time, in other words our mandate that we exercise in electing a government finally lands into a pit trap for four years and the electorates become helpless in matters that affect democracy."
Meanwhile the call for a merger by the PPP has been well received by the Convention People's Party, who have stated that they welcome the proposal of an alliance and are open to to talks with the leadership of the party.
The People's National Convention (PNC) has on the other rejected the call for the alliance, with the flagbearer expressing his doubt about the intentions of the PPP.