The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has welcomed as “good news” predictions that it will win the 2020 elections with a pledge to guard against complacency.
“It is good news but we are not going to bask in that research. We are focussed, we are not going to be complacent, we have signed a contractual agreement with the good people of Ghana and we must deliver,” a Deputy General Secretary of the NPP Nana Obiri Boahene said.
According to the predictions by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) captured in a report released on May 13, President Akufo-Addo will beat the NDC candidate former President John Mahama in next year’s polls.
“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,” the report stated.
Nonetheless, it further observed that if the NDC can present a coherent opposition and hold the NPP to account on unfulfilled campaign promises particularly on job creation and industrialisation, where progress has been generally slow and success patchy—“the election could be closely contested.”
Commenting on the prediction of the research on Starr Midday News Thursday, Obiri Boahene maintained “so we are not going to be complacent…and assume there is no report at all.”
“We are going to create the impression as if there is no report at all and learn from our shortcomings and mistakes, anticipations and the anxieties and the expectations from the report. But as to the good side of it that we are in the lead, we are not going to be bothered at all. We are not going to be swollen-headed at all,” he told Starr Midday News host Regina Borley Bortey.