Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo has described the decision by the opposition NDC to withdraw from Peace FM’s Kokrokoo morning show as “politically suicidal.”
Professor Gyampo explained that although the decision appears right logically and has the full support of the grass-root members of the party, it has the propensity to put the party in a bad light as far as the floating voters are concerned.
He argued that even though the support base may be happy and energized, this may be inconsequential, as you do not need to energize an over-energized “constant base” for positive political fortunes. He noted that their “master political tactics” must rather target the non-aligned (floating voters) since they are the real game-changers and electoral king-makers.
“Keeping the support base of a party excited only promotes politically hawkish tendencies that do not actually translate into electoral victories. Your support base will vote for you anyway, as the principle of partisan de-alignment is not common and popular among transitional democracies. So, why do you waste efforts and time, keeping them excited, when their assured support cannot win you an election?” he quizzed.
According to the political scientist, the NDC needs a platform such as Peace FM’s morning show to share their ideas and message ahead of the 2020 General Elections.
Prof Gyampo called for a candid discussion of the impasse and find a quick amicable solution to get the NDC back on the radio to market their ideas. He noted that he is usually not in favour of the panelling system adopted by radio stations that fields partisan people to discuss pertinent national issues, instead of experts.
He, however, believed that important radio platforms are also an opportunity for parties to market their vision and to explain what they stand for.
“Such free platforms, cannot be abandoned, particularly by opposition political parties,” he expressed.