The ruling New Patriotic Party has said it will take inspiration from the victory chalked by the incumbent All Progressive Congress (APC) in Nigeria to win a third successive election in Ghana, according to its General Secretary.
The party says the APC’s ability to retain power despite the debilitating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine which has made all ruling government’s unpopular, is a precedence for them to take lessons to achieve similar feat in Ghana.
“In times when ruling governments and parties have become unpopular due to global socioeconomic upheavals triggered by the lingering adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine War, the NPP, is ready to take lessons from the APC’s victory in its quest to winning a-historic third consecutive general elections in 2024,” a letter issued Saturday, March 4, 2023, to congratulate the party and its candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said.
The NPP said the overwhelming victory of the APC is a clear indication of the confidence the people have in the ruling government notwithstanding the global upheavals the world economies have been confronted with.
“Without a doubt, the resounding victory chalked by the APC in Nigeria’s Senate and Presidential elections, is an emphatic affirmation of the confidence of the people of Nigeria in the Party’s vision to break all shackles of poverty and underdevelooment confronting Nigeria.”
It added that “given Mr. Tinubu’s long history in Nigeria’s return to democratic rule and undisputed record of having worked with almost everyone across Nigeria’s political, ethnic and geographical divide, the New Patriotic Party remains hopeful that H.E Ahmed Tinubu would extend open arms to even his political opponents and work tirelessly to unite a seemingly divided country.”
The Justin Koduah Frimpong-signed document additionally said the “successful conduct of their elections, undoubtedly, a great addition to the democratic credentials of Nigeria. We wish the incoming Tinubu administration the very best in their tenure of office.”
Nigeria’s February 25 elections was characterised by low voter turnout with less than 30% of the over 93 million eligible voters on the roll casting their ballot.
The results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was rejected by the two main opposition parties which contested the incumbent, with Labour Party’s Peter Gregory Obi seeking to get a redress in court.
The low turnout, according to the opposition parties is as a result of tactics deployed by the government and INEC to disenfranchise people.
By Felix Anim-Appau|Onuaonline.com