The 2024 General Elections ought to be the sole priority of the New Patriotic Party. At this time.
With barely a year left to prepare internally towards recovering a working majority in Parliament and selecting a Flagbearer acceptable to Ghana, the Party has little wriggle room to admit concerns that do not immediately advance this need.
Though 2024 gives a window of opportunity for rebalancing the economy post the IMF arrangements, the current situation informs that the 2024 elections may give us the toughest messaging test yet.
Thus its important to get the messenger early so the messaging can be tackled with rigorous vigour. Right now, aspirants for the flagbearship should be the most important group in the party’s strategic thinking. Therein lies the deep disappointment that Steering Committee, National Executive Committee and National Council, seating all the top leadership, is unable to come to a conclusion on timelining the process. The puerile excuse of consultations can only be salvaged if its the aspirants they seek to bring on board.
The Party has one duty and one duty only. Timelining the pathway from nominations to elections, in time.
Breaking the Eight implies an expectation that the Party take us, the people, beyond 2024. The single most important consideration for the Party is how fairly and transparently they go about selecting a credible candidate with whom they can rebuild and motivate a formidable election winning machine for 2024.
The legacy of Jubilee House demands that they help the Party to quickly find the future and support the Party to go to the people to explain the critical necessity for breaking the eight, which is, to ensure continuity that delivers the fruits of the foundation NPP has laid.
Then HE the President can proudly hand over to the New NPP President in January 2025.
Meanwhile, pending the outcome of consultations, aspirants ought to be enabled to meet delegates. Not only will it let delegates think through choices but also blow some energy into the Party’s ability to cope with the curiosity of the communities they serve.
By Kweku Allotey.