NPP Member Warns Party of Difficulties in Breaking 8-Year Political Cycle in 2024 Elections

A prominent member of Ghana's ruling party warns that the ongoing electricity crisis, known as "dumsor," could jeopardize the party's bid to extend its rule beyond the traditional 8-year political cycle in the upcoming 2024 elections. The government's handling of the power crisis will be a crucial factor in determining the outcome of the elections, which could have significant implications for Ghana's political landscape and future development.

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NPP Member Warns Party of Difficulties in Breaking 8-Year Political Cycle in 2024 Elections

NPP Member Warns Party of Difficulties in Breaking 8-Year Political Cycle in 2024 Elections

Professor Kofi Agyekum, a prominent member of Ghana's governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), has cautioned the party that breaking the traditional 8-year political cycle in the upcoming 2024 elections will be a challenging task due to the ongoing electricity crisis, known as "dumsor," plaguing the country. Agyekum, also known as "Opanyin Agyekum," expressed his dissatisfaction with the Electricity Company of Ghana's (ECG) handling of the situation.

Speaking on the matter, Agyekum emphasized the urgent need for transparency and honesty from the government regarding the frequent power cuts. He stressed the importance of providing Ghanaians with a timetable for power outages, stating, "Citizens must be guided to plan their activities accordingly." Agyekum warned that the government's handling of the electricity crisis could jeopardize its "breaking the eight" agenda, which aims to extend the party's rule beyond the customary 8-year political cycle in Ghana.

Why this matters: The NPP's ability to address the electricity crisis and maintain public trust will be a crucial factor in their bid to secure an unprecedented third consecutive term in the 2024 elections. The outcome of this election could have significant implications for Ghana's political landscape and the country's future development trajectory.

Alhassan Suhuyini, the Member of Parliament for Tamale North, has described the current power crisis as the worst Ghana has experienced in the 4th Republic. He pointed out that while the Akufo-Addo government initially enjoyed widespread goodwill after winning the 2016 elections, this goodwill has been eroded due to the government's failure to effectively address the ongoing power crisis.

Suhuyini noted that the power crisis has its origins in past administrations, including those of Presidents Rawlings and Kufuor, and that the situation worsened under President Mahama. However, he acknowledged that Mahama accepted responsibility and made efforts to resolve the crisis, including fast-tracking the Ghana Gas Infrastructure Project and signing the ENI agreement to ensure fuel availability.

Agyekum urged the government to resolve the electricity crisis immediately, describing the situation as "extremely disturbing" for the citizens. He called for swift action to address the problem and restore reliable power supply to the nation. As the 2024 elections approach, the NPP's ability to effectively tackle this issue will likely play a significant role in determining their political future and the outcome of the polls.

Key Takeaways

  • NPP's Agyekum warns "breaking the 8" in 2024 will be challenging due to power crisis
  • Agyekum calls for transparency from govt on power outages, urges timetable for citizens
  • Tamale North MP Suhuyini says current power crisis is worst in 4th Republic
  • Mahama accepted responsibility, made efforts to resolve crisis, unlike current govt
  • NPP's ability to tackle power crisis will be crucial for 2024 election outcome