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Ephson: Alan Kyerematen cannot break NPP and NDC duopoly

The former trade minister has jumped the NPP ship, barely a month after he withdrew from the party’s presidential primaries citing bias

The former trade and industry minister Alan Kyerematen cannot break the duopoly of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Ghana’s politics, pollster Ben Ephson has said.

Kyerematen has jumped the NPP ship, barely a month after he withdrew from the party’s presidential primaries citing bias and has announced his bid to contest the 2024 presidential election as an independent candidate.

“This will break divisive partisanship in governance in Ghana and bring an end to the “winner takes all” political syndrome.

“There is the need to promote reforms in the internal democratic processes and procedures of all political parties, such as introducing ‘One Man One Vote’ (OMOV) to ensure inclusiveness and reduce the effect of monetisation in politics,” Kyerematen said on Monday.

Abysmal performance

Speaking on the Big Bulletin with Andy Sepah, Ephson said he will be surprised if Kyerematen makes any major impact in the 2024 elections.

“This is the throw of the last dice in his political career. He is finished, he will contest this year, he will perform so poorly. So, I don’t think he will come back after this politically,” he said.

“I will be very surprised if his campaign has that traction of snatching votes from the New Patriotic Party and National Democratic Congress,” Ephson added.

Listen to Ben Ephson in the attached audio clip below: 

Possible run-off

But speaking on the same programme, a political science lecturer at the University of Education, Winneba, Dr Bernard Tutu Boahen disagreed, saying Alan could force the election to a run-off.

“Of course, he can probably disabuse that kind of political duopoly he is talking about, and I think the NPP and NDC cannot sit unconcerned,” he said.

“Remember that in his speech he mentioned both NPP and NDC, it means that he has a target that he is going to focus on. He is not going to create any new constituencies, he is going to actually depend on the already established ones,” he added.

 

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

 

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