The just ended parliamentary primaries for the New Patriotic Party (N.P.P) saw unexpected controversies and scuffles between the aspirants in the various constituencies. A lot has been said that these scuffles if not resolved may end up in a defeat for the NPP in the upcoming December 7 elections.
Speaking to the host of “ANOPA BOSUO” – Kofi Asante Mensah, But Political Science lecturer at KNUST, Dr. Kwesi Amakye Boateng has rebuffed this assertion stating that the parliamentary primaries saga served as a fierce game between candidates and has brought the youth together to participate in the activities and affairs of the party instead.
“I don’t see the reason why someone should base on what happened and say it’s a sign of defeat and if for anything at all, we should rather see that the activities of the party are interesting and a lot more people are getting the urge to represent their constituencies in parliament. So the competition that went on saw the various supporters assisting their candidates and wanting to make sure they win. With this, it will be difficult for you say it is a sign of defeat in the presidential and parliamentary elections, I don’t think so”.
The Political science lecturer of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology subsequently added that “ even in Kumasi – Ashanti region; which saw a lot of seats including those constituencies which the incumbents lost, traditionally belongs to the NPP and what happened there will not be enough for the constituents to forsake the NPP and go in for some other political party”.
He further explained “there are some constituencies that are traditional; some swing and the dynamics that helps it to swing left or right is what we need to check. And there are some traditional constituencies which always NPP wins and also some constituencies also NDC wins always. When the primaries get heated and the competition sees incumbent candidate lose, it does not in any way say that the party may lose the seat, if it is a safe seat then definitely they will go ahead and win. So you need to do case by case analysis before you can reach an informed conclusion, but you just don’t put altogether and say that the signs are such that the party will lose.
He added that “looking at the case of Dome Kwabenya, the competition for that seat always looks tough, and the difference isn’t mostly big, but it has remained a safe seat for the NPP. It is likely most aggrieved aspirant’s may want to go independent and that’s what the party executives both constituency and national should look at.”
Written by Yaa Nyarko Sarkodie