A lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Yaw Gyampo has congratulated former President John Dramani Mahama for winning the presidential race on Saturday.
The political science lecturer also commended the National Democratic Congress for the trust they had in the police and the decision not to sue their vigilante groups.
His commendation also went to the police for their professional conduct
“Congratulations to the security agencies. You can be professional if you want to. This makes you credible and trustworthy. Keep it up,” he wrote.
“Congratulations to the NDC for deciding not to use vigilante groups to police the process. If you are cautioned and you don’t listen, you may clearly have to learn the hard way. This must mark the beginning of the end of the use of vigilantism for elections,” he said.
Read his full post below
1. Congratulations to u, JDM. The resounding victory tells a certain story that can be rubbished by only the people who genuinely fear, not what will certainly happen, but what can possibly happen.
2. Congratulations to the Electoral Commission for the good work. At some places, the EC staff were there on time and the voters were late. Strangely the same NDC that rubbished u expressed confidence in the Commission to organize their elections. The bogus practice of politics of convenience will one day give way to the kind of politics that looks at matters dispassionately.
3. Congratulations to the NDC for deciding not to use vigilante groups to police the process. If you are cautioned and you don’t listen, you may clearly have to learn the hard way. This must mark the beginning of the end of the use of vigilantism for elections.
4. Congratulations to the security agencies. You can be professional if you want to. This makes you credible and trustworthy. Keep it up
5. A recent survey conducted by three colleagues in my Department, suggested that there would be a run-off if elections were held today. This makes the competition for 2020 quite open.
6. The history of the Fourth Republic show that every regime that allows a run-off, gets defeated. This means the NPP cannot be complacent if it wants to remain in power post 2020. They must move away from the kind of achievements that can only be touted by themselves to MORE of those ones that can be felt tangibly by the people.
7. The Fourth Republic is still evolving. The 8year cycle is not a tradition yet, even though I admit that quite a chunk of the population believe it has come to stay. The point must however be made that, just as JDM’s bid to come back is unprecedented, so can anything happen in 2020, particularly when there is much complacency.
8. If JDM works hard, he can pull a surprise especially if NADAA becomes complacent and 2019 doesn’t become an ACTION year as promised.
9. Can JDM work extra hard to move beyond his popularity to the realm of acceptance? Will NADAA be complacent to lose a chunk of his goodwill?
10. It’s gonna be an interesting electoral contest to be fought purely on track records. I wish NADAA well in his bid to hold on to deliver on his promises and to leave more legacies for Ghana. As JDM also seeks to come back, I wish him well too.
11. May Ghana benefit from a solid electioneering campaign of issues in a manner that presents clarity of choice for we the ordinary voters.
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