Head of the Center for Policy Discourse Analysis (CDPA), Dr. Godwin Etse Sikanku believes the New Patriotic Party is likely to lose some significant votes in the upcoming general elections because of corruption claims made against them by the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu.
His comments come on the back of a recent strong-worded letter from Martin Amidu, in which he describes the President as the ‘mother serpent of corruption’.
Speaking to UniversNews, Dr. Sikanku, who is also a Political Communications lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Journalism, said that the recent verbal tussle between the former Special Prosecutor and the President will affect the party’s fortunes in the forthcoming general election as one of the reasons for which Akufo-Addo was voted into power was because of his anti-corruption policy, but since the special prosecutor has resigned over the same subject matter, it raises concerns, and the NPP stands to lose votes for that.
“If Martin Amidu is coming out with all these revelations then it stands to reason that there is something wrong, and people who voted largely because of corruption and the perception that the president was incorruptible will now begin to go back to the drawing board and reassert the situation. So this will affect the outcome of the 2020 election, it will have a lot of implications,” he stated.
That notwithstanding, Dr. Sikanku says that the ‘controversy’ between the two is healthy since it gives room for learning.
He described the situation as an ‘academic honest debate”
“This is not something that has to do with violence or intimidation, it’s a matter of policy and issuing debate. Corruption is one of the serious issues in the country, leaders have been overthrown in this country because of corruption. If it’s about debate and the president is part of the debate, it is an academic honest debate so we the listeners should analyze what each of them is saying, and based on that, we can make a decision. It’s better than people attacking people, burning homes and killing people,” he said.
Story by: Henry Mensah | universnewsroom.com