A renowned political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Scienec and Technology (KNUST), Mr. Mohammed Abass has added his voice to the debate concerning who stands the best chance to be Ghana’s president in the 2016 general elections. Assessing the chances of President Mahama, he says Ghanaians could have a lot of reasons to vote against him as a result of the current challenges facing the country.
He says the economic situation of the country, high rate of unemployment, recurrent power crisis among others could be enough grounds to vote the president out of office.
He however stated that the problems within the New Patriotic party (NPP) have the potential of affecting them in the 2016 elections. Speaking on FOCUS MORNING SHOW, Mr. Mohammed Abass added that, 2016 election will be tough for President Mahama if the NPP resolves its problems.
When asked if he envisages a landslide victory for any of the parties, he says from his research, he believes the election would be a close contest between NDC and NPP.
He further stated that president Mahama not getting 100% acclamation during the primaries should not be seen as an indictment on his candidacy because looking at the way he became a president, he became a president of convenience but not through popularity and as result does not command a lot of majority within the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Reacting to the issue of 15 incumbent members of parliament (MPs) who lost out in the NDC Primaries, he says the result should not shock any analyst because the change is something he sees acceptable since some of them who lost like E. T Mensah have been in office for a long time and as result need to be changed to make way for the young ones.
He has therefore admonished MPs to sometimes move on in life and should not remain at one place for a very long time.