- A group of researchers from University of Ghana released a report highlighting the factors that caused NDC's defeat
- Alhassan Suhuyini blamed the NDC's loss on the 'effective deceptive campaign' of the NPP
- He said the Ghanaian people were dazzled by their elaborate promises and that's why the votes were turned to the NPP
Alhassan Suhuyini, the member of parliament for Tamale North has blamed the National Democratic Congress’s election defeat on what he calls the ‘efficient deceptive campaign’ by the New Patriotic Party.
He opined that the Ghanaian people were deceived by the well-planned and flamboyant election campaign mounted by the NPP, which led to the citizenry throwing their votes that way.
Mr Suhuyini was reacting to recently released research by a group of lecturers from the University of Ghana, where they linked the NDC’s election loss to a number of unfavorable remarks made by former president Mahama.
According to a report by Starr FM, the lecturers also noted the party were overconfident of their position due to the fast-tracked development projects they undertook prior to the election period.
Touching on their research while meeting the press, one of the lecturers, Alex Frimpong also noted that the Montie 3 saga was among the top factors leading to the NDC’s defeat.
“The first factor was the confusion of whether NDC was seeking a second or third term. NDC over relied on the unprecedented infrastructure development. Issues of impunity of government appointees; they had become prophets of who should and others who could never become President
You also remember the pressure the government appointees put on the president to release the Montie three. But the President also had his own slip ups; ‘Ghanaians have short memory’, ‘Ashanti and the golden roads’, ‘Only former President can debate me’, ‘the sleeping Opana on the Western roads’ and ‘Opana will destool chiefs,” he said.
The research also noted that the failure of former vice president Kwesi Amissah-Arthur to respond to the now vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s 170 questions on the state of the economy, aided in the low confidence the people had in the NDC.
The 2016 election defeat of the NDC has led to internal wrangling among party members and supporters.
Many executives have blamed former president John Mahama for their defeat, and the candidate that will lead the party to make a massive comeback in 2020 still remains uncertain.
The party set up a committee, led by Dr Kwesi Botchway to investigate the factors that led to the defeat of the party, and the conclusive report is yet to be released.
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