NPPs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful tips Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to become Ghana’s next president, says elections are not won on social media

NPP flagbearer Dr Mahamudu Bawumia
NPP flagbearer Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

Minister of Communications and Digitization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has assured that the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) remains unfazed by online polls leading up to the 2024 general elections. She dismissed these polls suggesting Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is behind John Drama Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as mere tricks.

Owusu-Ekuful emphasized that most of the sentiments on social media predicting the NPP’s defeat are not to be taken seriously, as elections aren’t held online. Drawing from the recent Nigerian elections, she highlighted how Peter Obi of the Labour Party of Nigeria dominated online discourse but did not emerge as president.

She stressed that elections are won at the polling stations, not on social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram. Highlighting the importance of ground-level efforts, she urged those with grievances to address them where it matters most – at the polling stations.

“The real work is done on the ground,” she asserted in a Twi interview on Adom FM. She challenged the notion that online chatter could dictate election outcomes, citing the example of Peter Obi in Nigeria to illustrate the disparity between social media buzz and actual electoral results.

Owusu-Ekuful defended the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo administration’s performance across various sectors, asserting that history will judge him favorably as one of Ghana’s best presidents. She drew parallels with past leaders like John Agyekum Kufuor and Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who were criticized during their tenures but are now viewed differently.

She highlighted that both Kufuor and Nkrumah, once deemed “the worst presidents,” have seen their legacies reevaluated positively over time. This, she suggested, indicates that public perception of leaders can change significantly over the years, emphasizing the need for patience and perspective in assessing political leadership.

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