Politics of Sunday, 28 August 2016
A leading member of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Kwame Jantuah, has said it will be difficult for the youth of the country to consider the Nkrumahist parties as a credible alternative if they fail to make a good mark in the 2016 elections.
Currently, at least three political parties namely the CPP, People’s National Convention (PNC), and the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) claim to subscribe to the ideology of Ghana’s first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, but their relevance is fast waning as they keep recording fewer votes election after election.
Speaking to Class News, Mr Jantuah said Ghanaians were looking for a viable alternative to the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) but believed the youth in particular would not be voting for the Nkrumahist parties in their current fragmented state.
“If Ghanaians are not satisfied with the NPP, if they are not satisfied with the NDC, because there is no alternative, they will keep voting for these two parties and that doesn’t bode well for the so-called smaller parties; so, we should look at our strategies again,” he stated.
“…I felt that for the 2016 election, if we had alliances amongst ourselves, it would be a stepping stone in us now deciding to come together in the future. Now, I believe that if we do not show a good mark in this election, it is going to be very difficult for the youth coming to say that the CPP or the PNC or the GCPP are a credible party to vote for because Ghanaians don’t want to waste their votes. The little disruptions they see in the party create instability for them so, we as a party should strategically look at where we want to place ourselves if this election doesn’t go according to plan.”