First Vice Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Northern Region, Alhaji Rufai Vellim has called on the rank and file of the party to disregard the report by Economic Intelegence Unit (EIU) and remain focused on how to rebrand the party and former president John Mahama to win the 2024 elections.
The NDC’s first Vice Chairman said this when he was speaking exclusively on the matter on Suhupieli FM’s morning show, dubbed – Suhupieli Bekaali today, March 22, 2021.
“I disagree with the EIU report. For me, it could be an agenda by the NPP to find out if John Mahama is still loved in the NDC. But, we will present him for the 2024 elections. He is our sure bet”, he said.
When asked if he believed in what they say about NDC winning the 2024 elections according to the organization, Alhaji Vellim responded in affirmative, saying, “That is a fact. Was is it not NPP who said no party can rule beyond 8 years in Ghana? So we are already aware 2024 is our turn.”
He however reminded Ghanaians that they should braze themselves for worst days in ahead, adding that they, NDC warned Ghanaians against taking monies from the government during the elections in the name of supporting businesses to grow, which he described as “quick loan”.
“We told the people not to accept the ayaaluna from your government, that is was something they would pay back in future, what are we not seeing today? Are you not asked to pay taxes?”, the northern regional NDC first vice chairman asked.
The EIU in a predicted a victory for the NDC in 2024, adding that any candidate presented as its flagbearer will definitely win the election and obtain a marginal majority in parlarment.
“The next parliamentary and presidential elections are due in 2024. Under the constitutionally mandated term limits, Mr. Akufo-Addo cannot run for a third term. Mr. Mahama is reportedly considering whether to run again, but we expect the NDC to seek to revitalize its prospects with a fresh candidate. After two terms of the NPP government, we expect the NDC to win the 2024 presidential election and to gain a small majority in parliament”, part of the report read.
In the 2020 parliamentary election, the NPP and the NDC each won 137 seats, but in January the one independent Member of Parliament (MP) announced that he would co-operate with the NPP, giving it the 138 seats needed for an effective majority.
With a razor-thin majority, the Akufo-Addo administration will require all of its MPs to vote with the party in order to push through signature policies, which is likely to necessitate deal-making to persuade MPs, which stands to obstruct immediate policy priorities, such as reducing a large fiscal overhang through expenditure cuts and tax rises.