General News of Friday, 21 July 2017
A political communications lecturer at the University of Cape Coast Dr. Eric Opoku-Mensah has downplayed the impact the press conference of the NDC will have on Ghanaians.
According to him, some of the issues raised at the press conference were a bit “exaggerated” and aimed at creating “fear and panic” in the minds of Ghanaians, which he believes will not wash.
Addressing the media Thursday July 20, 2017, the National Chairman of the NDC, Kofi Portuphy among other things gave a scathing verdict of the Akufo-Addo-led government.
According to him, the mood of the nation has been nothing but that of fear as lawlessness has been allowed to fester in the last six-month with an “unprecedented upsurge in violent crimes to the disbelieve of Ghanaians.”
But in his reaction, Dr. Opoku-Mensah wonders if the press conference will achieve its desired effect.
Speaking Friday on Accra-based Radio XYZ, he said “…I’m wondering that after six months in office whether what they are talking about it is really going to get people to think negatively about the government.”
He added: “I’m not too sure that people will easily buy into that kind of rhetoric, especially when you talked about the fact that the government is brewing terrorism and all of that.
“I don’t think generally Ghanaians will believe that kind of thing because we know there has been challenges [with security] and the NDC when it was in power had these similar challenges.”
Meanwhile, the Deputy General Secretary of the ruling NPP Nana Obiri-Boahen has described the NDC press conference as hollow, arguing it failed to address critical developmental issues.
“The press conference is hollow, baseless and much-a-do-about nothing”, inundated with vilification of the president and the NPP he told Starr Today’s Benard Nasara Saibu.