No one can beat Mahama in 2020 elections – Ama Benyiwa-Doe

A former Central Regional Minister, Ama Benyiwaa-Doe is confident of a resounding victory for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2020 general elections.

Ama Benyiwa-Doe on Face to Face on Citi TV said Mr. Mahama has a higher chance of winning the election due to Nana Akufo-Addo’s failure to deliver on his promises.

“I want you to tell me what Akufo-Addo has done right. The man is always promising. He promised to build schools and none has been built. We are not the type of people you will want to make a mockery of. You said one constituency, one dam, but all these did not materialise. Do you know how much parents are paying for extra tuition? It is not feasible. Just proclaiming is not anything, action counts and John Mahama is an action man. He will say it and he will do it. John is the candidate that no one can beat as far as we are concerned. He will beat Akufo-Addo,” he told Face to Face host, Umaru Amadu Sanda.

Re-election prospects

Ama Benyiwaa-Doe’s prediction contradicts that of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

The EIU had earlier predicted victory for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) ahead of the December 2020 general elections.

Findings by the business intelligence unit showed that the NPP will retain power as the party is seen as a better custodian of the economy than the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The EIU maintained that despite the challenges brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, it is almost impossible for the NDC to recapture power from the ruling party.

It, however, indicated that, if the NDC can present a coherent opposition and hold the NPP to account for unfulfilled campaign promises such as faster progress on infrastructure development, the election could be ‘closely contested’.

“In the upcoming presidential poll, the incumbent, Nana Akufo-Addo, will face a challenge from John Mahama who was elected leader of the NDC in February 2019. The campaign for the 2016 election was dominated by public concerns over a faltering economy, which many Ghanaians still associate with Mr. Mahama. Ahead of this election, the NPP has focused on infrastructure development (such as improving internet and electricity access, as well as roads, in rural areas) and outlined ambitious growth plans for cash-crop yields, which would bolster rural incomes.”

Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2016 elections, beat then-President John Mahama by polling 5,716,026 million votes, representing 53.85%, while John Mahama polled 4,713,277 million votes representing 44.40%, the worse so far for an incumbent President.

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