The Founder and Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Mr Kwasi Addai aka Odike, has observed that the political antagonism between the two major political parties in the country, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), if left unchecked could wreak havoc in the future.
According to him, not a day passes without politicising developmental issues between the two parties, adding that the manner they went about it tended to create sharp divisions within the country rather than building cohesion and consensus for national development.
Mr Addai, was of the view that it was about time that Ghanaians ditched the two parties and went in for another force that was geared more towards nationalism with a focus on uniting the people for development.
New kind of leadership
Stressing his point further, he said “we need a kind of leadership that will unite the people with a common front to fight poverty but the level of political antagonism and political segregation we are currently witnessing is creating a very sharp division and if care is not taken, it could plunge the country into serious chaos.”
Going into the 2020 polls, he said Ghanaians should give him a try and that all he will do will be to unify the country.
He posited that “meritocracy will be the order of the day as well as pragmatism and honesty will be my hallmark. Give me the chance and let us change the country for the better. Together we can do it. Forget about NPP and NDC. We need leadership with a vision to unite the people and use our resources to build a resilient and a robust economic front that will push our vision as one people with a common destiny.”
He stressed that at this juncture of the country’s development, it was time “to put our parochial interests aside and take a critical look at the national interest, and that can be done if we change the way we vote.”
It was his position that Ghanaians were yearning for a departure from such an arrangement where power only alternated between the NPP and the NDC.
Excessive executive power
“Listening to the general conversation, people are of the view that the NPP and the NDC have both used the excessive powers of the President to their advantage and that has not inured to the benefit of the country as a whole but rather brought sharp division,” he added.