A Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Peter Boama Otokunor has said the report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) which predicts victory for the NDC in the 2024 elections but is calling for a fresh candidate other than John Mahama, is full of conjectures.
He told TV3’s Dela Michel in an interview on the Mid Day news Monday March 22 that the EUI did not do any proper research before releasing this report.
“The next parliamentary and presidential elections are due in 2024. Under the constitutionally mandated term limits, Mr Akufo-Addo cannot run for a third term. Mr Mahama is reportedly considering whether to run again, but we expect the NDC to seek to revitalise its prospects with a fresh candidate.
“After two terms of NPP government, we expect the NDC to win 2024 presidential election and to gain a small majority in parliament,” the latest report of the firm said
It added: “In the 2020 parliamentary election, the NPP and the NDC each won 137 seats, but in January the one independent Member of Parliament (MP) announced that he would co-operate with the NPP, giving it the 138 seats needed for an effective majority.
“With a razor-thin majority, the Akufo-Addo administration will require all of its MPs to vote with the party in order to push through signature policies, which is likely to necessitate deal-making to persuade MPs, which stands to obstruct immediate policy priorities, such as reducing a large fiscal overhang through expenditure cuts and tax rises”.
But Mr Otokunor who is not enthused by the report said “There is nothing good about this report that one can claim that there is good news.
“Clearly, this is a compendium of some conjectures. This is not any research report that one can based strategies on. Most of the things they have recounted in the report are things that we already know.
“I have held this opinion that the EIU and there are not anything that we should give credence to. If you look at the analysis what they have done clearly is very defective.”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana