The Acting National Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Freddie Blay, has emphatically stated that the opposition party is going to win the 2016 general elections with not less than a 60 percent of the total votes.
According to him, the party is not looking at winning this year's election with just 53 percent of the total votes, as predicted by a chief in the north, but rather a landslide victory that will not only overwhelm the ruling government, but will make it exceedingly difficult for any party to reject the verdict of the people.
For the Ashanti region in particular, Mr Blay says the NPP will only be okay with 90 percent of the total valid votes cast, maintaining that all that is necessary to achieve that victory for Ghanaians had been done.
He is convinced that with the level of despondency which cuts across all facets of the socio-political and economic life, it is obvious that the party will return to power and form the next government under the supervision of Nana Akufo-Addo.
The acting national chairman was speaking to the media after series of meetings with NPP constituencies and regional executives, as well as all Members of Parliament, from the Ashanti region, past ministers, past MPs and other relevant stakeholders in Kumasi yesterday.
The meeting, which also had national campaign manager of the party, Peter Mac Manu, Campaign Strategist Dan Botwe and many other party leaders in attendance, according to Mr Blay, was called to discuss strategies for a resounding electoral victory in December.
According to Mr Blay, Ghanaians are now fed up with the insensitivity of the NDC government, "and everywhere that we have been to, the signs were clear on the wall; they simply can't wait for December to come to get rid of this government."
He added: "the levels of poverty in this country under this government is too much and this country is fed up with the incompetence of the government; they are fed up with the lies and propaganda being churned out each day; Ghanaians are angry and when you go to the north the anger and frustrations on the faces of the people there are so visible to the extent that they now see hope in us."
He said this time, victory is in their hands and "it is up to us as a party to claim it, making sure that nothing stops them from returning to the corridors of power."
As to whether the opposition party has faith in the Electoral Commission, Mr Blay said the party had taken a position to fight its own fight "and we will approach this election as if we are going to play an away match. And we are ready for a tactical game only for this victory."
He described the meeting as "very fruitful” and an opportunity to receive the spirit of the party, adding that “now we have oiled our machine for this task and I believe with the fruitful discussions we had in there, the party is poised for only one thing: victory for all Ghanaians and the future of Ghana.”
For his part, Campaign Manager Peter Mac Manu impressed on the media to play its role effectively in educating the populace on the policies of the political parties, so to aid them make well-informed decisions in December.
According to him, they are not expecting the media to work for the NPP or necessarily tell good stories about the party, adding the party only expects the media to remain professional in leading people make the right choice.
Source: The New Statesman
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