No political party in Ghana wanted to be associated with candidate Trump when he was campaigning because some in Ghana did not like his comments on some internal issues concerning the American people. From his victory we can now deduce that President-Elect Trump knew what he was saying and knew his target audience as well.
Trump was very sincere in my view and thousands of Americans believed in what he stood for and voted for him.
But more importantly what distinguished his campaign from that of the over-hyped Hilary was that he worked on the ground and into the hearts of the American voters. The CNNs, the BBCs and other media giants were clearly against the Trump candidature. Not even the denunciation by the so-called Republican stalwarts like McCain, Mitt Romney, Collin Powell and others could get him to take his eyes off the ball. He remained focussed.
The American election in terms of everything is very different from that which will be happening on the 7th of December 2016 in Ghana.
In Ghana, the candidate whose campaign has hit the ground very well will win the elections. The candidate who has been able to touch base with lots of the voters with his message is likely to win the elections.
Which of the candidates do Ghanaians trust to do the work well will play a pivotal role?
In terms of political office holding, which of the candidates is more experienced?
What is public knowledge is that NDC’s JDM has been MP before, deputy minister before, Minister of state before, vice President of the Republic before and he has and is still the President of the Republic! NPP’s NADAA has been MP before and Minister of State before!
Much as I have noted in the past a certain trend since 1992 between fortunes of the NPP and the NDC in Ghana on one hand and that of the Republican Party and Democratic Party in the US on the other hand, to the extent that anytime a candidate of the republican party in the US wins or loses, the candidate of the NPP in Ghana wins or loses. The same applies to candidates the Democratic Party and the NDC in Ghana!
This trend, though true to some extent, has no scientific bases at all. It is rooted in mere coincidence! The American voters are culturally, socially and economically different from the Ghanaian voters. What Ghanaians consider in voting in an election are different from what the Americans consider in choosing their president.
Factually, the NDC’s JJ Rawlings won in 1992 and the Democrat’s Bill Clinton won in US. In 1992, NPP’s Professor Adu-Boahen lost whilst the Republican Party’s candidate also lost. In 2000, the Republican Party’s George W. Bush won and NPP’s JA Kufuor also won. In 2008, Republican Party’s Senator McCain lost to Democrat Barak Obama and NPP’s Akufo-Addo lost to NDC’s Prof. J.E.A. Mills.
So, going by this unscientific trend, and with the victory of the Republican Party’s Donald Trump, NPP’s Akufo-Addo should also win but hold it there!
It is important to note that, even using the unscientific basis, all the elected presidents, whether in Ghana or the US, served 8yrs of two 4-year terms BUT in Ghana an exception occurred. J.E.A.Mills could not even serve one term! Also, the Americans have always changed their candidates in the event of a defeat but the NDC/NPP don’t change! How do u say whatever happens in the American election repeats itself here in Ghana? Between the NDC and NPP, the NDC candidate in opposition has always changed his running mate but that cannot be said of the NPP!
It means that it’s hard work that has always won political parties power! Shun the big rallies, shun the big media campaigns. It’s not about who is pulling crowds, it’s about who turns out to cast a vote for a candidate. That is what matters!
A word to the wise …