Breaking the 8 is easier said than done; recent hardships should be a concern to NPP – Political Scientist

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Political Scientist and lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr Kwame Asah-Asante has reminded the New Patriotic Party (NPP) that their quest to retain power after governing for eight years which they have coded as ‘breaking the 8’ is easier said than done.

In an interview with Alfred Ocansey on 3FM Sunrise on Wednesday July 20, he maintained that it will take a lot more than coining a beautiful slogan to break the eight years governance cycle alternated between NPP and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) under the Fourth Republic, considering the current state of social and economic hardships Ghana is plunged in.

He noted that it is a beautiful slogan to work with but certain things such as; a solid team with a vision to tie in with that of whoever becomes the NPP’s flag-bearer, and having people who are competent to wither the storm at any given time. But above all, the team must not be divided in terms of their rank in order to deliver what is expected of them.

According to Dr Asah-Asante, surpassing the aforementioned factors is the non-negotiable need to build the economy. “Put all together, you need to always work on the economy because you can never break the eight if you don’t do anything to improve the economic fortunes of the people. The difficult situation that we find ourselves in now must be a boarder to the NPP if they want to break the eight”

Dr. Asah Asante explained that research has shown that one of the important variables that influence voters irrespective of party, religious or social affiliation is the bread and butter issues. Therefore it is incumbent on the ruling NPP government to improve the economic fortunes of the people to the extent that the people will have respite and confidence to vote for them.

He also mentioned that infrastructure development plays a key role in the political gains of a ruling party, given that the constitution of Ghana enjoins the government to ensure that infrastructure development is spread across the length and breadth of the country as well as create jobs and employment opportunities for the increasing growing number of unemployed graduates and youth in Ghana.

“It behooves them to improve the economy so that it will be a political fortune for them. When you are in difficult times like this, people try to go behind the system and undermine it through corruption” he admonished.

Asah Asante also stated that corruption is a key factor that shapes how people vote in elections hence if the government wants to gain respect, then they must work on that because the figures that are available from 2017 to date do not speak much of the government therefore they should build better capacity in that regard.

By Samuel Afriyie Owusu||Ghana

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