In a surprising turn of events, the founder and leader of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Percival Kofi Akpaloo, has declared that former president John Dramani Mahama has no chance of being re-elected as the President of Ghana in the upcoming 2024 elections.
Akpaloo went on to describe Mahama as a non-starter who has no capacity to lead the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to win the 2024 polls, imploring NDC delegates to reject him in the party’s forthcoming presidential primaries.
Mahama is currently touring the country to canvass support from the delegates to lead the NDC in the upcoming 2024 general elections. He was the first to pick forms to contest the NDC presidential primaries when the party opened nominations. However, Kofi Akpaloo maintains that the former president has no chance of coming back to power to rule Ghana.
In an interview on Onua TV, Kofi Akpaloo insisted that Mr. Mahama cannot win the 2024 elections because he failed Ghanaians woefully during his time as president and he has nothing new to offer the country.
He said, “I don’t think John Mahama can win the 2024 elections; I’m even not sure his name could appear on the ballot paper. Those who are chanting Mahama’s comeback are all NDC members who believe that they can get the opportunity to milk Ghana again; they are not well-meaning Ghanaians who want development.”
These are strong words coming from Kofi Akpaloo, who seems to have a clear agenda of his own. He opined that the Liberal Party of Ghana is winning the 2024 general elections to form the next government and transform Ghana.
He thus entreated the voting populace to massively vote for him as the next President of Ghana since the two major political parties have failed Ghanaians.
It is important to note that Kofi Akpaloo has been in the political scene for a while, although he has never won any major elections.
In the 2016 elections, he contested as an independent candidate and secured a paltry 0.5% of the total votes cast.
He contested again in the 2020 elections on the ticket of the Liberal Party of Ghana, but only managed to secure 0.2% of the total votes cast.
It is not clear why Kofi Akpaloo is so confident that he will win the 2024 elections, especially when he has not been able to make any significant impact in previous elections.
It could be that he is banking on the failure of the two major political parties in Ghana, the NPP and the NDC, to deliver on their promises to Ghanaians.
It could also be that he is relying on the fact that Ghanaians are fed up with the old faces in politics and are looking for new, fresh faces to lead the country.
Whatever his reasons are, it is clear that Kofi Akpaloo is not mincing his words when it comes to Mahama’s chances of winning the 2024 elections. He seems to have made up his mind that Mahama is a non-starter and that Ghanaians should look to the LPG to transform Ghana.
It remains to be seen how this will play out in the coming months as the political landscape in Ghana continues to shift. One thing is certain, however: Kofi Akpaloo is not afraid to speak his mind and to declare his intentions for Ghana.
While Kofi Akpaloo’s words may seem harsh, they are not entirely unfounded. John Mahama served as the President of Ghana from 2012 to 2017, and during his tenure, the country experienced significant economic challenges.
High inflation, a weak currency, and a widening fiscal deficit were some of the issues that plagued the country during this period. There were also allegations of corruption, which further eroded public trust in the government.
It is important to note, however, that Mahama has not been idle since leaving office. He has been actively engaging with the public and the media, highlighting his achievements during his presidency and outlining his vision for the future of Ghana.
He has also been critical of the current government, accusing them of mismanaging the economy and failing to deliver on their promises.
Mahama’s popularity among NDC supporters remains high, and he is seen by many as the party’s best bet to win the 2024 elections.
The fact that he was the first to pick forms to contest the NDC presidential primaries is an indication that he is serious about his bid to become Ghana’s president once again.
It is worth noting that the 2024 elections are still a long way off, and a lot can happen between now and then. Political fortunes can change quickly, and it is possible that someone who is currently seen as a non-starter could emerge as a serious contender. Ghana’s political landscape is also quite fluid, with new parties and alliances emerging all the time.
In conclusion, Kofi Akpaloo’s assertion that John Mahama has no chance of being re-elected as Ghana’s president in the 2024 elections is a bold one.
It remains to be seen whether his prediction will come true or not. The political scene in Ghana is unpredictable, and anything can happen between now and the elections.
What is certain, however, is that the 2024 elections will be fiercely contested, and Ghanaians will have to choose carefully who they want to lead the country in the coming years.