General News of Friday, 9 November 2012

Source: XYZ

EIU Poll: NDC concurs, NPP says Nana is in the lead

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is rubbishing a latest report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) which predicts victory for President John Mahama in the December polls.

The report places President Mahama as the slight favourite of voters in the up-coming polls adding that the power of incumbency will inure to the advantage of the NDC.

The EIU report however indicates that the NDC’s presidential candidate must convince voters that he and his party are capable of continuing with governance. The National Democratic Congress has welcomed the report.

Propaganda Secretary, Richard Quashiga however told XYZ News the NDC doesn’t need to prove that its flag bearer is capable of governing the country.

“You can only be a stranger in Jerusalem if you don’t know that President Mahama is in the lead in the polls and obviously the winner, come December 7,” he said.

Mr Quarshigah argued that every Ghanaian already knows that President Mahama is a competent person who does not need to prove himself any further to show that he is capable of leading the nation.

Every Ghanaian, [even] the dyed in the wool NPP, will admit that he does not need necessarily to make any pledge because he has demonstrated capacity to lead this nation.”

He espoused the credibility of President Mahama saying he has a lot more integrity than the flagbearer of the main opposition NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo.

Nana Addo would win hands down

But the General Secretary of the NPP, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, would have none of that. He says the EIU’s predictions are unjustified.

In an interview with XYZ News, Sir John, as he is popularly called said the NPP will win the elections hands down.

“We have been on the ground; I have listened to Ghanaians and I believe the NPP will win this election hands down.”

He said no amount of ‘engineering’ will make the NDC victorious in the December polls, adding that “the electorates have bought into the free education [promise], they want jobs, they want the economy to be modernized and for this reasons I believe that the NPP is on the ground and we shall win.”

He said once the poll said ‘if elections were held today Mahama will win’ the NDC cannot be adjudged as winners of the election that will be held in December.

He added that if anybody believes that the NDC will win an election which is four weeks away, then they will be deluding themselves.