With the general elections tantalizingly close, the ruling NPP is pulling all the stops to vastly improve its chances of retaining power. It is going to be a hard climb for the NPP as political experts are predicting.
Afraid it is losing momentum to its rival, the NDC, the NPP trotted out the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to stage manage a presentation of its achievements in Kumasi Ghana’s second large city on Tuesday.
It was theater of the absurd. With the aid of charts, graphs and numbers, Bawumia robotically tried unsuccessfully to convince Ghanaians that his government has met most of the promises made in the height of the 2016 election campaign.
At face value, Bawumia’s presentation was deep and almost convincing except that it was all elaborately designed to bamboozle and confound Ghanaians. Of course, Ghanaians aren’t taking the bait that is being dangled by an increasingly paranoid administration.
From all indications, the NPP appears to be in a panic mode; there is this pervasive feeling among its supporters that it is fast conceding the fight to win the hearts and minds of the Ghanaians to the NDC.
So, again and again, it has sought to ingratiate itself with Ghanaians by constantly pointing to its achievements which, in all honesty, haven’t positively impacted lives in the country.
Quite naturally therefore public response to the NPP overtures has been half-hearted, tepid and less enthusiastic.
Ghanaians are very much aware of the dire financial and economic circumstances they are in and no amount of data collected in the middle of the night at Jubilee House is enough to tell them otherwise.
From my vantage point, I can say with all certainty that the NPP is increasingly delusional and fast losing touch with reality; how much will it take for the party to see that the economy it controls is still in the doldrums – notwithstanding the glowing tributes of the western media – that corruption among its top officials is rampant and that nothing concrete is being done by the President and his cohorts to stamp it out.
My heart bleeds for Dr. Bawumia; he is constantly pushed forward to loudly proclaim the fleeting achievements of an administration that continues to grope in the dark seeking solutions to problems of its own making.