Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale North Constituency, Alhaji Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini says President Nana Akufo-Addo is being crafty about lifting a partial lockdown to make way for the parliamentary primaries of the governing New Patriotic Party(NPP).
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunda lifted a 3 weeks lockdown of Accra, Kasoa, Tema and Kumasi imposed in response to the spread of the deadly Corona Virus.
The decision to lift the lockdown according to the President is due to Ghana’s preparedness and measures taken to contain the virus including tracing and testing, setting up of more isolation and testing centres and the economic effect of the lockdown on the lives of the people.
However, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament Alhassan Suhuyini believes the reason for the decision is politically motivated.
“When the president announced an extension last time, 9th April, I was surprised because my information pointed to a lifting of the ban on movement for his party presidential and parliamentary primaries,” he wrote on Facebook.
He added that “I knew and discussed with some friends(witnesses here) that the eventual one week extension he announced was a middle ground between the hawks who wanted a lifting of the ban on movement purely on political grounds and the doves who care about the virus and public perception of the party handling of it.”
He argued that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has his eyes on the parliamentary primaries of his party saying that “I concluded the president was going to lift the ban after the one week extension to make way for the party primaries because he’s a party first man, unfortunately.”
Though the governing New Patriotic Party has announced the indefinite suspension of its parliamentary primaries, the MP predicted that the suspension of the primaries will be reversed as it directly influenced the lifting of the ban.
“To make it less obvious and offensive, the party craftily announced an indefinite suspension of the 25th April primaries. So that after the president lifts the ban like he has done, the party can pretend to meet this week to keep the 25th date or announce a new date around 25th. That’s how to deflect the reason for the lifting of the ban from the political consideration. Of course the NIA and EC Registrations are the cherries on the cake,” he added.