An Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), Kobby Mensah, has said he was surprised and scandalised with the kind of defence the NPP has put forward for Bryan Acheampong’s comments.
According to him, the statement from the MP is so serious a comment that all stakeholders within the political sphere should be concerned of.
Citing the stance of the NDC on the comment as commendable, he criticised the NPP for defending a statement which he says does not auger well for Ghana’s democracy.
Speaking on TV3’s the Key Points Saturday, April 15, 2023, the Professor of Marketing said the NPP should have chastised Mr. Acheampong in public to send a signal that they don’t support such comments rather than defending him in public and probably rebuke him in private.
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“This is a statement that all political parties should be concerned, the Electoral Commission should be concerned, the international community should be concerned and he should actually come out and apologise.
“The NPP should have come out to say “We don’t think that this is the appropriate communication and we would have an internal process. In the meantime, we express that regret to the Ghanaian people.” That would have been a fantastic political communication. But you do not come out in public to rally support when young people at the age of 18, 21 are all listening to you,” he indicated.
The Member of Parliament for the Abetifi Constituency, Bryan Acheampong had told a congregation of NPP faithful that the party was not going to hand over power to the NDC no matter what it takes.
He says the NPP will apply all the necessary measures available to them to ensure power will not flip their hands come 2024.
According to him, the “we have the men” mantra the NPP have been touting themselves with is manifested in how they use brutal force and threats to win elections, a lesson they will teach the NDC should they ever think of adopting any such strategy to wrestle power from them in 2024.
The Member of Parliament for Abetifi was confident that the NDC is on the verge of collapse, and they, the NPP, will show them that “we have the men.”
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During his address to NPP compatriots at a unity walk at Mpraeso Saturday, April 8, 2023, Mr. Acheampong said it will never happen that the NPP will be on a platform to hand over power to the NDC.
He further added that, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Covid-19 pandemic came with some challenges which plummeted the economy, a situation the NDC wanted to capitalise to discredit the government.
However, measures, he indicated, are in place to revert the situation which is already yielding results.
He said now the dollar which was at ¢17 has dropped to ¢10. Petrol which was ¢17 is sold at ¢9. The economy has revived adding “it is possible.”
The MP was so confident the economy will be fully revived by July after the nation’s bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) falls through.
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Bryan Acheampong says with all the right indications going into the 2024 elections, the NPP is going to win the polls hands down.
“If the NDC thinks of using threats, stupidity, brute force to do the 2024 [elections], we’ll show them that we have the men.
“That this NPP party which is in power, to be on a platform to hand over power to the NDC, it will never happen, it will never happen, it will never happen!
“We’ll adopt any means to ensure the NPP retains power in the 2024 elections,” he said in Twi in a charged mood to an equally charged party supporters.
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By Felix Anim-Appau|Onuaonline.com