The Deputy Campaign Manager of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mustapha Hamid, has stated unequivocally that the party is winning next Monday’s elections hands down.
He pointed out that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is aware of the fact that they are losing, but only wants to resort to lies and defamation to discredit the entire electoral process.
“We are ready. We are ready for December 7. We are winning but we must win,” Dr. Hamid told journalists at a press conference on Monday, 30 November 2020.
He added: “I call on all NPP people around the country to stay focused on our message. We have done a lot. We continue to make the point, that no government in the fourth republic, in its first term, has done the volume of work that the NPP has done. The Ghanaian people know. They will show it on December 7.”
Dr. Abdul-Hamid addressing the media yesterday indicated that the NPP is the only party in the fourth republic that has initiated and executed programmes that have benefited the mass of Ghanaians.
“Ghanaians have seen the benefits of the panting for food jobs programme and how that has improved their incomes. They have seen how the revival of the NHIS gives them better access to health care. They have seen how the free SHS programme has enabled their children go to school. For many families in those areas, it is the free SHS programme that got many families to have their first ever SHS graduate in their life time. To compound the woes of the NDC, their attempt to claim authorship of the free SHS programme has subjected them to public ridicule. Candidate John Mahama has become the butt of many jokes in Ghana today. They know they are losing. Indeed, they know they have lost,” he stated.
Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid also accused the NDC of resorting to calumny and mudslinging as a last-ditch attempt to revive its dead campaign.
The opposition, he said, has started throwing in doctored videos, manufactured and concocted documents in an attempt to cast NPP actors in a bad light in the hope of attracting some revulsion for the ruling party.
He, however, warned that no amount of fake news, concoctions, distortion and lies and vilification will revive the NDC’s dead campaign.
He said, “Dead campaigns are revived by coherent strategy anchored on a sound message. Nothing else will work.”
“So, we are putting the public on notice that they should watch out for these fake stories in the last week of campaigning. Let us treat them with the contempt that they deserve.”
The NPP, he said, is the only pro-people party and noted that many of the things and programmes that are benefitting millions of Ghanaians were opposed by the NDC.
“When we found oil, they ridiculed it and called it adwengu. When we introduced the NHIS bill in parliament they wanted none of it. They walked out of parliament. When we sought to introduce free SHS they pooh-poohed it and said it was not possible.”
“I can recount all the serious programmes that have transformed lives in Ghana- free maternal care, NPP; capitation grant, NPP; school feeding, NPP; metro mass transit, NPP; NHIS, NPP; one district, one factory, NPP; planting for food and jobs, NPP; one village, one dam, NPP; free SHS/TVET, NPP; Zongo Development Fund, NPP; one ambulance, one constituency, NPP; one district, one warehouse, NPP,” he stated.
According to him, the only thing that the NDC does when it comes into office is to create, loot and share; and observed that the bankruptcy of ideas of the party is more telling in this elections.
Mr. Abdul-Hamid stated that the only thing that Ghanaians remember about the NDC manifesto is Okada and mortuaries for Muslim communities and described the opposition’s attempt to take credit for the Free SHS programme as ridiculous.
“Their attempt to claim authorship of the free SHS programme has subjected them to public ridicule. Candidate John Mahama has become the butt of many jokes in Ghana today. They know they are losing and indeed, they know they have lost,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo, he said, inherited an economy on the brink of collapse and a generally demoralized society but the NPP put their shoulders to the wheel and in three years doubled economic growth, reduced the rate of exchange and improved Ghana’s external payment positions.
This improvement, he said, has enabled the Akufo-Addo administration to restore teacher and nurses trainee allowances, implement the free SHS and clean up the financial sector mess.
Mr. Hamid stressed that the NPP campaign, for these reasons and more is going very well, especially after the President switched to full campaign mode crisscrossing the nation with the messages of development.
According to him, messages of the Vice President, the First and Second Ladies and key members of the campaign structure has caught fire and is burning out the opposition NDC.
He assured that the NPP is ready for the December 7 polls and stressed the ruling party is winning and must win.
He urged NPP supporters around the country to stay focused on the government’s message of having done a lot and continue to make the point that no government in the fourth republic has done the volume of work that the Akufo-Addo government has done.