Odike's UPP considers alliance with oppositon parties to win power in 2016

Leader of the United Progressive Party,  Akwesi Addai Odike, has hinted of a possible merger with the country’s opposition parties ahead of next year’s general election.

He told tv3network.com that the intended meager has become necessary because in his view, Ghana is being led into becoming a failed state  under the John Mahama-led administration.

“We will marshal a combining force…and all the opposition parties will come together so that we can rescue the country’s economy from being collapsed” the 2012 flag-bearer of the United Front Party said.

In Ghana’s political history, political alliance has, often, yielded positive or no results. In 1992, the progressive alliance which saw the National Democratic Congress  joined forces with the National Convention Party and the Egle Party former President Jerry John Rawlings to win power democratically.

In 1996, the Great Alliance was formed by the New Patriotic Party, led by former President John Agyekum Kufuor and the National Convention Party led by former Vice President Kow Nkensen Arkaah, but lost to the NDC.

However, in the 2000 election run-off, the New Patriotic Party led by President Kufuor joined  hands with the Convention Peoples Party, Reform Party and United Ghana Movement to win Power .

Odike’s latest move, if achieved,  will be the third time opposition parties are forming a coalition against the ruling National Democratic Congress.

By William Evans Nkum/3news.com/Ghana

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