The National Democratic Congress (NDC) will speed up its restructuring process in order to present a formidable front ahead of the 2020 general elections, the NDC National Organiser has said.
Kofi Adams has assured NDC members the party will not allow a replay of its 2016 defeat in 2020 after a University of Ghana poll suggested another victory for the governing party if elections were held.
He told Evans Mensah on Joy FM’s Top Story Wednesday, the process leading to the restructuring of the NDC has started and when it is completed the party will be able to outcompete the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
The survey conducted from December 9 - 20, 2017 has revealed about 52.7 percent of the people interviewed will maintain the president after one-year in office.
The poll also disclosed about 33.1 percent of the 5,000 respondents will vote for the NDC.
One of the researchers, Dr Bossman Asare said despite grave concerns raised about the standard of living, the majority of the respondents say they are comfortable with the NPP.
"A number of the communities affected by galamsey think the government is on the right track with its anti-galamsey campaign," he explained.
Dr Bossman Asare
The 33.1 percent recorded by the NDC represented a 3 percent drop from the same group of respondents who voted for the NDC in the 2016 general elections. Over 36 percent of the respondents said they voted for the NDC with 56% of the respondents saying they voted for the NPP.
Reacting to the findings, Mr Adams thanked the researchers for the poll but was quick to point out the NDC has some outstanding internal issues to address and will do everything to avoid another defeat in 2020.
"We have not done the election to satisfy NDC voters who are saying the leadership of the party has to be changed [but] we are putting in structures to do that," he assured.
He said when the internal party elections are organised, the NDC's rating could "shoot beyond 70 percent."
But the NPP will not win the next election because it has not fulfilled the promises it made to Ghanaians in 2016, he said.
"How can you have a government that came in with one particular promise and did another ?" he asked, adding Ghanaians who were displeased with the president's homosexuality comment on Qatar-based Aljazeera will vote against him.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had suggested homosexuality could be legalised in Ghana if there was enough pressure.
Mr Adams said that comment could earn Nana Akufo-Addo an enviable one-term president.
"Is this a party that will be retained by Christians, Muslims and traditionalists who don’t believe in this [homosexuality] act?" he said.
Listen to the audio: