…In Bogus UG Poll
The outpouring of scorn that has greeted the supposed poll that was conducted by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana is set to degenerate into disgust, as it emerges that President Nana Akufo-Addo’s cousin was behind the poll.
Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has his fingerprints all over the poll that claim his cousin, President Akufo-Addo, would be re-elected by 52% if election were held today.
Mr. Otchere-Darko is said to have commissioned the research through his amorphous think-tank, the Danquah Institute (DI).
Danquah Institute, the eponymous political vanguard named after Akufo-Addo’s uncle and one of the founding philosophers of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Joseph Boakye Danquah, allegedly hired the UG Political Science Department to do the poll, using well-known pro-NPP Akan lecturers to front.
The whole poll had been carried out on behalf of the Danquah Institute, whose brainchild it was because the institute, given its rogue reputation, knew it would not be taken seriously by Ghanaians if it came out with the strange findings that say a clueless Akufo-Addo would be reelected by 52% of Ghanaians.
Members of the observing public are set to retch at the poll outcome, which has already led to an outpouring of scorn, because of the institute’s rogue reputation for skewing polls in favor of his Gabby’s cousin, Akufo-Addo.
Since its formation, the Danquah Institute has never released poll results that show that the NPP would lose elections. As if that is not bad formality enough, Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Gabby Otchere-Darko, also has a history of bribing pollsters to skew polls in favor of his cousin, Akufo-Addo.
In 2011, American whistleblower site, Wikileaks, revealed how Mr. Otchere-Darko had attempted to bribe political pollster, Ben Ephson, with $20,000 so that Mr. Ephson would skew polls to favor Akufo-Addo in the run-up to the 2008 elections.
The respected Mr. Ephson, who is Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Dispatch, later confirmed the Wikileaks revelation in radio interviews in Accra. That expose marked the end of the polling undertakings of the institute, whose credibility has since been in comatose.
It is not known if selfsame Gabby Otchere- Darko, who dangled $20,000 before the eyes of Ben Ephson in 2008 for fake polls, dangled something similar before the eyes of the University of Ghana lecturers, led by Dr. Bossman Asare, who had conducted the poll.
However, since the announcement of the poll, every Tom, Dick and Harry in Ghana has dangled question marks on the sanity of the pollsters.
The askance that Ghanaians are casting is, among other things, inspired by the fact that the pollsters proudly announced that before holding a press conference to announce the poll results, they had gotten clearance from National Security and the Presidency.
According to the pollsters, out of 28million Ghanaians, they had used a sample size of 5,000 across 250 constituencies in the country, cutting down the number of people per constituency to 20.
At the end of the poll, 52.7% starry-eyed Ghanaians had said they would reelect President Akufo-Addo mainly because of the implementation of Free SHS, which has been so poorly done that even though the government claims it is free, parents are still paying school fees.
According to the claims, the 52.7% of Ghanaians who said they would vote Akufo-Addo also cited the government’s fight against illegal mining, notoriously known as galamsey, as reason why they would vote for Akufo-Addo.
Interestingly, there is serious hatred for Akufo-Addo within the galamsey community, as the President had lied to them during the 2016 campaign that he would never end galamsey.
The UG Political Science Department poll, which has since been nicknamed, “The Bogus Report,” also claimed that only 33.1% said they would vote for the NDC. This claim, which runs contrary to the common knowledge that since the inception of the Fourth Republican Democracy, the NDC has never won less than 44% of the Presidential votes, has since drawn disgust from level-headed Ghanaians. Even in its worst performance in 2016, the NDC had won 44.40% of the votes.
The NDC is also known as the only party in Ghana which has at least 45% of the voting population as its standing support base. How the NDC would, in the face of national despondency against the Akufo-Addo government, only manage 33.1% of the votes has left many wondering.
Between the report’s allocation of 52.7% to the NPP and 33.1% to the NDC, is a leftover of 14.2% of the votes. The impression that is left in the air is that this 14.2% of the votes would go to the smaller parties.
Interestingly however, since 1992 when the Fourth Republic came into being, the smaller parties have collectively never managed to win even 3% of the votes in any election. A 14.2% sudden up-shoot in votes for these parties would be meteoric indeed!
It is amid these outlandish claims that it has emerged that Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko and the Danquah Institute are behind the latest polls. Gabby, cousin to President Akufo-Addo, has a reputation for bribing for fake polls.
Meanwhile, just around the same time that the “Bogus Report” would be unveiled to journalists, Kumawood actor, Kweku Manu, who is a known NPP activist, had confessed in a radio interview that if elections were held today, the NPP would lose.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Fiifi Samuels