Deputy General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Obiri Boahen has cautioned the party not to underrate the major opposition political party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as they gear towards election 2024. In his estimation of what could befall the NPP as President Akufo-Addo's tenure comes to an end, Nana Obiri Boahen said there are lessons from past elections where the party had failed to break the eight year jinx.
He indicated that the NPP would have to fortify it's hold in major constituencies while it attempts to unseat some parliamentarians in the next election, "especially when the opposition party took away seats that belonged to them in the 2020."
The Deputy General Secretary on Wontumi TV, stressed that the opposition party has demonstrated that they are viciously taking over in the next election, an observation he noted should inform the NPP that the 2024 election would not be an easy battle. He scored that the probability of going into a runoff for 2024 election is high.
Nana Obiri Boahen reckoned that the election in 2008 when President John Agyekum Kuffour was leaving office was marked with some aggression on the part of the NDC. He noted that despite having the nation's security apparatus at their side, the NDC gave the NPP a fierce contest to oust them.
“You want to break the jinx. Yes breaking the eight... but from 1992, 2000, 2008, and 2016 it hasn’t been that easy. In the worst-case scenario, you will have a runoff. In 2000 there was a runoff. In 2008 you struggled with the Tain issue.
“Even in that year, it was the NPP that was in power. The former President for some security reason at Wenchi, couldn’t go there. So don’t underrate NDC. The NDC knows what they are doing," he stressed.
Nana Obiri Boahen emphasized that the 2024 election with the 'Break the 8' mantra of the NPP should be given the very a great push lest they will to the NDC as it had happened over the period.
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