#GHANADECIDES 2016: WHO WINS??
At a risk of being lynched and/or insulted, I will say that in my opinion the current NDC will retain power come Dec. 7th. Hear me out:
All my predictions have been wrong this year but if I know Ghanaians well, I can say we rarely mean what we say. I am not a fan of the current NDC government. At all. And I have been critical of them for as long as I can remember. With that said, they do appeal to the silent majority. The so called forgotten, who live in the Upper regions of Ghana. They have been loyal to the ruling party through thick and thin. These folks are the "Louisiana Purchase". The flyover regions, literally and figuratively.
They are very content people and love their lives the way it is. They do not worry their heads about inflation, the high unemployment rate, corruption, exchange rate, infrastructure or economic development. The real hand-to-mouth people. Time and time again, this silent majority has proven to be the ones to break the tie or decide who the next government is going to be.
HOW WILL THEY SWING THIS YEAR?
These are the folks who wake up early to join long and winding queues to vote for the NDC , whether their palms have been greased or not. They do not spend copious amount of data chanting party slogans on social media. These are the people all the other parties ignore on campaign trails. The ones whose doors do not get knocked on. These people barely have food enough to feed their families or a variety of clothes to wear. They only see their MPs and government officials, once every 4 years. Truly the forgotten.
DO THEY REALLY WANT CHANGE??
I don't know. But I will say this:
If Nana Addo wins, I will be shocked.
To the bone.
The opposition has always prided themselves as an elite party. A party of scholars. But with the literacy rate in Ghana being 76%, are they in the majority this time round? I am not a fan of the current NPP. It is now a party of overexhuberant party members with tongues sharper than a farmer's favorite machete. Their favorite campaign method though, is to hold rallies. Huge ones. Will this "Trump tactic" work in their favor?
IS THIRD TIME REALLY THE CHARM??
For Nana Addo of the NPP, this is his last chance to follow in his father's footsteps. Do I think he will bring about the change Ghana needs?
WE LIVE TO SEE.
With Trump elected and Yahya Jammeh conceding Gambia's election, who knows? My shock absorbers are so well prepared for whatever happens. It's 2016 after all. The year Prince died. PRINCE.
IT IS ANYBODY'S GAME.
In the end, let the best man win.
Thumbnail photo from: www.ghanadecides.com (Follow them for all election updates. Best source so far).