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Kwesi Nduom Spoils the Soup

By James Harry Obeng


The die is cast and the day of reckoning is at hand. There shall be joy for the victorious; and the vanquished will naturally weep and gnash teeth, all in the spirit of democracy. In the end, Ghana’s political history will be richer and the nation shall move on in peace and tranquility.


Tomorrow, the presidential sprint to the comfy ultra-modern, multi-purpose presidential palace, christened the Golden Jubilee House, will end and the tape will be breasted. This follows months of intense political campaigning and bickering, unprecedented in the political annals of the country.


 The atmosphere is calm but there is an underlying charge of emotions as the countdown melts from days into hours into minutes and soon it will be polling time, and12.4 million Ghanaians will flock to the various polling stations in the country with their thumbs to vote.


After President J. A. Kufuor, who constitutionally peters out of the presidency after January 7, next year, the question that has kept many Ghanaians and presidential hopefuls thinking remains whether or not there is any possibility for a run-off.


In fact, and without any shred of doubt whatsoever, the strong revival if not rebirth of the once seemingly dormant Convention Peoples Party [CPP] has thrown the political algebra so wide that no definite equation can be fashioned out of the fallouts of the algebraic variables. In short, the hitherto linear political equation that sought to justify a straight race between Nana Akufo-Addo and Professor Evans Atta-Mills is no longer tenable.


With the foregoing have also come many opinion polls conducted by characters of all shades and colour; the known and the unknown, the shadowy and the trustworthy, the politically-influenced and the non-partisan, the institutional and the one-man jangos, all in apparent attempts to snap the picture clearly.


In the face of this development comes yet another opinion poll conducted by The Spectator, your credible all-touching weekend companion, monitored consistently closely over the preceding two weeks to tomorrow’s presidential voting.


According to the poll which, on random basis, sampled respondents in eight regional capitals in the country, excluding Kumasi and Ho, the soup in the political pot has, this time round, been spoilt for the NPP and the NDC by the CPP, which led the country into independence. The CPP has indeed added more salt and spoiled the broth. There is, from the survey, the clear recipe for a run-off after tomorrow.


The survey asked respondents two straightforward questions, first: ‘Is there any possibility for a second round’, and second, ‘Which political party has the greatest chance of winning the presidency?’


Whereas some respondents were evasive in responding to the latter question and giving reasons to explain their points, a greater number of them also answered the former with the unbridled conviction that there would be a re-run of the presidential poll after tomorrow’s historic showdown.


With some expressing the optimism that the CPP has now changed the usual NPP-NDC equation towards a straightforward three-party contest, some also opined that the party [CPP] has very little impact and mettle to prove, though there was the general consensus that it would step up its electoral figures recorded in past elections.


Some of them believe that the CPP would sweep more votes from the folds of the NPP and the NDC because it has established itself as the third force.


“The CPP is now dynamic with a large following and the momentum gathered by Dr Nduom is a clear indication of a run-off in tomorrow’s poll,” one of the respondents said.


Others were of the opinion that it would be very expensive for the election to go for a second round and hoped that the election would be one-touch for the NPP or the NDC.


The rest prophesied that the election woud be highly competitive for the two leading parties so that any of them could come out victorious, having won two previous elections each.


But for those who responded to the second question, the presidential election was either an NPP or NDC affair, with some holding that the winner would be the party that would be able to ‘best negotiate’ with the ‘smaller parties’ in the event of the second round ‘just like the NPP did in the 2000 presidential election’.


However, the CPP, many contended, would determine that fate of the two major parties that would show up in the second round.


The Spectator publishes for your perusal some of the respondents and their responses [go to pages 19, 22,23].


In contention for the topmost executive seat of the land, however, remains a strong eight-man bandwagon, viz Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, New Patriotic Party (NPP); Dr Edward Nasigre Mahama, Peoples National Convention (PNC); Prof John Evans Atta Mills, National Democratic Congress (NDC); Mr Antwi, Democratic Freedom Party (DFP); Mr T.N. Ward Brew, Democratic Peoples Party (DPP); Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, Convention Peoples Party (CPP); Mr Kwabena Adjei, Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD); and Mr, Kwasi Amoafo-Yeboah, an independent candidate.


We wish every candidate all the best of luck.






December 12, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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