President of Policy Think Tank, IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, has urged the Akufo-Addo administration to demonstrate the measures it has put in place to improve the livelihoods of Ghanaians following the cancellation of the December 17 referendum, ABC News has gathered.
In a Facebook post sighted by ABC News, Mr Cudjoe indicated that the number of people who supported the campaign for “No” votes in the now aborted referendum mirrors the things that Ghanaians are not happy about.
In his view, President Akufo-Addo aborted the process for fear of facing raging protests by ‘unhappy’ citizens as is being experienced by many Presidents across the globe.
“Looks like 2019 is the year of protests. Hong Kong, France, Lebanon, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Guinea, Malta, Iraq, Iran etc. Some protests have led to resignations and sacking of presidents. The protests are largely about inequality though. Looks like our President took a cue from the marauding NO referendum campaigners and beat a retreat. I believe, however, the angst of the NO campaigners is subtly about just everything people are not happy about” he wrote.
The Policy analyst argued that “while there has been a retreat on the referendum, I think the government must demonstrate beyond believable macro stories that they are indeed impacting lives- not easy but they can, else, they’d be in overdrive in 2020″
He announced that IMANI will in the coming days give Ghanaians a summary of what percentage of the Akufo-Addo government’s campaign promises have been fulfilled, three years into their administration.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a brief address to the nation on Sunday, December 1, 2019, cancelled the December 17 national referendum which was meant to decide on an amendment of Article 55 (3) of the Constitution to enable political parties to sponsor candidates during local level elections.
The President attributed the decision to the absence of “a durable national consensus” on the matter following consultations.
Read Franklin Cudjoe’s post below: