• Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

Some MPs lost seats in 2020 elections because they became too ‘big’ – Dr Owusu Mensah

Dr. Isaac Owusu Mensah, Director of Research at the Office of the President, has addressed why the New Patriotic Party lost some seats in the 2020 elections despite maintaining power.

According to him, the current scenario of an equal number of seats in Parliament is due to the unethical behavior of several NPP MPs who lost their seats after getting “too big” following the 2016 elections.

“During the previous regime, several Members of Parliament grew too big and unapproachable. “They had forgotten about all the elements that enabled them to win the 2016 elections,” he told Raymond Acquah on Upfront last Wednesday.

According to the Political Scientist, the NPP would have been in the minority in Parliament if it hadn’t been for the tireless work of MPs like Samuel Abu Jinapor, Peter Amewu, Hassan Tampuli, and Amin Adam.

“We warned them in 2019 that they would lose this many seats.” Let me be honest and state that if it hadn’t been for Abu Jinapor, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Honourable Amewu, Hassan Tampuli, and MP for Karaga, Amin Anta Adam, the NPP would have been in the minority.

“So the data in 2019 did not change in 2020 elections because the conditions we specified were not reached by the NPP at the time, so things would have changed if they had met those conditions,” he explained.

He also refuted predictions that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) would not win a third straight election in 2024.

He claimed that these and other criteria discovered in his research data put the current administration in the strongest position to win the next presidential election.“I can confidently predict that the NPP will win the next election.” If you go to Ahafo Ano, they can show you that around 5,000 of the town’s voters did not vote due of ‘abcd’ reasons.

“So, if the NPP can mobilize all of these types of voters, they will win,” he said.

Dr. Owusu-Mensah advised the Party’s leadership to overcome internal squabbles that could jeopardize the party’s chances of beating its primary rival.

“At the moment, the NPP does not have a candidate – we just have four candidates.” As a result, we have no idea who is winning right now. However, our research shows that the NPP is significantly ahead of the NDC in the parliamentary elections. But, for the time being, we won’t know who won until the constituency elections are over.

“I’ll say this: the government has a slight chance of breaking the eight; not because I’m in government,” he stressed. 

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