Siddique Abubakar Suleiman writes: ‘The battle for power: NPP’s strategic silence’


In the aftermath of Dr. Mamudu Bawumia’s election as the flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), a curious phenomenon has emerged. The once vociferous party spokespersons have seemingly gone docile, leaving many to speculate about their intentions and strategies. While some may interpret this silence as a sign of weakness, it is crucial to delve deeper into the potential reasons behind this apparent shift. This article aims to explore the possible implications of the NPP’s subdued propaganda presence and shed light on the strategies that may be at play.

Silencing the Opposition

It is undeniable that the National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s communication team has been relentless in their efforts to highlight the weaknesses of Dr. Bawumia.
Our success in flooding the airwaves with criticisms and doubts about his capabilities is commendable.
However, it is essential to recognize that this might be just one aspect of a broader strategy.
By shifting the focus away from attacking Dr. Bawumia directly, the NPP may be diverting attention from their true intentions.

Cooking Up Controversy

The NPP’s sudden silence might be indicative of their involvement in behind-the-scenes activities. Election manipulation techniques, rigging, and disenfranchising voters are just a few possibilities that come to mind. Rather than wasting their energy on public propaganda, the NPP could be using this time to strategize and execute plans that could potentially sway the election outcome in their favor.
The quietness of the party should not be mistaken for complacency; it is a calculated move to maintain an advantage.

Questioning the EC’s Motives

One recent development that raises eyebrows is the proposal to close voting at 3 pm on December 7th. While administrative problems may be cited as the reason for this decision, it is essential to question whether there is more to it than meets the eye. Could this be a deliberate attempt to manipulate the election process? The NDC must remain vigilant and ensure that equal pressure is exerted on the Electoral Commission, security agencies, judiciary, and compromised religious bodies and scholars. By shining a light on potential irregularities, the NDC can safeguard the integrity of the electoral process.

The Fight Is Bigger

While it is tempting to solely focus on attacking Dr. Bawumia, the NDC must remember that the battle for power extends beyond one individual.
By redirecting our efforts towards the broader system, the party can disrupt any plans that our opponents may have.
It is crucial not to underestimate the power of comfort and complacency.
By keeping the opposition on their toes, the NDC can prevent them from strategizing effectively and gaining an advantage in the upcoming elections.

The NPP’s recent silence in the propaganda market is not a sign of weakness but a calculated move. As they cook up strategies behind closed doors, it is imperative for the NDC party to maintain equal pressure on various institutions that may be compromised.
By questioning the motives of the Electoral Commission, security agencies, judiciary, and religious bodies, the NDC can ensure a fair and transparent electoral process. The fight for power is multifaceted, and the NDC must remain vigilant and proactive to secure victory in the upcoming 2024 elections.

Author: Siddique Abubakar Suleiman
Public Policy Analyst / former NDC parliamentary aspirant for Ayawaso North Constituency

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