Senior Lecturer at the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana Dr. Ransford Gyampoh has downplayed the chances of newly elected flagbearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, in the 2016 elections.
According to him, the party as a whole needs to do a little more to have any impact, especially in the current political landscape.
Dr. Gyampoh stressed that even if CPP’s founder and Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah was around, he would not be able to lead the current CPP to power.
“Not even a resurrected Kwame Nkrumah can lead the CPP in its current form to win an election,” Dr. Gyampoh emphasized in an interview on TV3’s News 360 on Monday, February 1.
He explained that Kwame Nkrumah was an organizer who brought people from far and wide together.
“[Kwame Nkrumah] knew how to organize people. So, if the CPP is unable to make sure that all people who trace their ancestry to Kwame Nkrumah are brought on board, then I daresay again not even a resurrected Kwame Nkrumah can lead the CPP as it stands now to electoral victory.”
Mr. Greenstreet pulled a surprise at CPP’s Congress on Saturday after beating off competition from three others including the daughter of Kwame Nkrumah to emerge winner of the party’s presidential primary.
He also becomes the fifth presidential candidate of the CPP since 2000.