The 2020 general elections is only a few weeks away. As we all know, Ghanaians are going to choose one of former president John Dramani Mahama, flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and president Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addos, flagbearer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Former president John Mahama’s chances of winning the 2020 general elections is originally not very bright, considering the extent of defeat he suffered in the last elections in December 2016. He lost to the NPP’s Nana Akuffo Addo by a whooping 985,000 votes, representing about 9.5%.
That was the first time an incumbent Ghanaian president had lost power to the opposition leader in an election. Many Ghanaians have suggested that the reasons for the former president John Mahama’s defeat are still fresh in the minds of Ghanaians, but as it is always said, in politics, anything can happen and power can change hands anytime.
After the opposition NDC elected Mr. Mahama in February 2019 to lead them into the 2020 general elections, he has given out a number of promises to the people of Ghana, to be implemented if they vote for him again in December. Some of his promises include the repeal of the law that bans Okada, payment of salaries to assembly members, payment of 50% of the fees of tertiary students, continuation of the free SHS, cancellation of the double track system, supply of free laptops to tertiary students, etc.
But the incumbent president and flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo is also very determined to retain power in the 2020 general elections. Nana Akuffo Addo and the NPP government have achieved a nunber of things in their first term as a government. They list items like introduction of the free SHS policy, NABCO, a nunber of infrastructural projects, supply of more than 300 ambulances across the country, etc.
With the seriousness the NPP have attached to their campaign, and considering the achievements they are talking about now, there is no denying that the 2020 general elections is going to be a difficult task for the NDC and the former president John Dramani Mahama. There are therefore a number of things the NDC’s flagbearer should do if he really wants to defeat the NPP’s Nana Akuffo Addo in the December 2020 general elections.
Firstly, the former president John Dramani Mahama should be very concerned about his communication strategy as a presidential candidate. He should also be very concerned about the manner of communication of his campaign team members as well. In politics, one of the most important things is communication.
Mr. Mahama should find a good way of relaying his messages for the 2020 general elections, and communicate them in a way which Ghanaians will clearly understand and appreciate. He should also communicate in a manner which does not offend the emotions of the Ghanaian people and their tribes.
Secondly, the NDC flagbearer should clearly make Ghanaians aware of his mistakes which he is willing to come back to correct, this will be a big plus to his campaign. In his announcement of his intention to return to contest the flagbearership race, former president John Dramani Mahama said his main motive of coming back is to correct some mistakes he made in his previous term as president.
Unfortunately, as at now, Ghanaians are not aware of the mistakes the former president is talking about. Several questions have been asked by Ghanaians concerning the mistakes the former president John Mahama is referring to. In a visit to the Asantehene Otumfour Osei Tutu, the Ashanti monarch asked Mr. Mahama to make his message clear to Ghanaians without any tribal or inciting sentiments in his campaigning.
Also, one very important thing Mr. Mahama has to do is to render an apology to the Akyem people and Ghanaians in general for the recent happenings concerning his ethnocentric Facebook post. The post which refered to the president Nana Akuffo Addo and some members of the NPP government as “Akyem mafias” and “Akyem sakawa boys and grandpa” has generated a lot of controversies in the Ghanaian political space.
Some youths of Akyem have afterwards organised a demonstration against the former president John Mahama, calling on him to render an unqualified apology to Okyeman and the Ghanaian people in general. Although the demonstration has been labelled by some people as politically motivated, it will be in the interest of the former president John Mahama himself to come down to render an apology to Ghanaians for using those words. This move will go a long way to boost the former president’s chances in the 2020 elections.
The above are a few of the many things the former president John Mahama should do to be able to defeat the NPP’s Nana Akuffo Addo in the 2020 general elections. What do you think about this? Share your thoughts by commenting below. Thank you