Former Presidential Aspirant Dr Arthur Kennedy says inasmuch as President John Mahama has “failed”, he doubts if the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), is ready for power.
“While the president has failed, it is hard to see the NPP as a party ready to govern”, he said in an article copied to XYZ News.
To him, the NPP is “divided, demoralised and doing little to inspire the suffering masses and to feel their pain”.
Assessing the president’s first year in office vis-à-vis his media interactions with Journalists at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday, Dr Kennedy said even though the “president does not deserve a passing grade”, it will be politically naïve for his opponents to begin savouring victory in 2016 by using the president’s “failure” as a launch pad.
“…If this were a soccer game, we would be in the first half. There is a lot of game left to be played and the president can recover. So those who are writing him off are as wrong as those already proclaiming his re-election”.
According to him, “Those already proclaiming the NPP’s victory in 2016 and measuring the drapes of Jubilee House are unwisely ignoring the lessons of history”.
He recalled that: “In 2009, there were defiant declarations of “we will be back” and “winning 2012 by all means” and that ended in another defeat”.
“We are hearing the same empty slogans again,” he bewailed.
In his view, “There is a lot of time between now and 2016 and that is good news for both the president and his party, the NDC, as well as the opposition NPP.
“For the president, it means there is time to turn things around. For the NPP, it means even more”.
“In the next three years, if the NPP heals its divisions, learns the painful lessons of defeat and finds its voice as the voice of the masses and the party of new ideas, new attitudes and new leadership, it will be worthy of victory and it will get victory”, he counseled.