Article 1 of the 1992 Constitution subsection one states that “The Sovereignty of Ghana resides in the people of Ghana in whose name and for whose welfare the powers of Government are to be exercised in the manner and within the limits laid down in this Constitution.”
Political Parties and Politicians, in general, lose political power due to their inability to adhere and respect Article 1 subsection one of the 1992 Constitution.
Political Power never belongs to the President, Members of Parliament and Party leaders. It rather belongs to the People.
The people have the absolute power to determine who should lead and govern them in each particular time.
That is why every 4years Politicians go around campaigning and pleading with the people to surrender their power to them.
As political practitioners, we must always endeavour to respect the opinions of the People especially on unpopular policies which are completely rejected by them.
Unwise Politicians always try to defend unpopular policies and the end result is losing the very Political Power that empowers them to implement those unpopular policies.
The government can perform very well but unpopular policies can easily cause the Government to lose an election.
As Politicians we should always try as much as possible to reject the uncultured and unpopular policies and opinions spearheaded by Non-governmental organizations, Civil Society Organizations, Policy Think-Tanks and some Independent minds because these NGOs, CSOs, think tanks and independent minds are:
1. Not directly accountable to the People
2. Mostly sponsored by foreign Countries, donors and agencies who may not have the interest of the country at heart.
President Akufo-Addo’s Government has more success stories than failures, and we must try as much as possible to avoid unpopular policies that have the tendency to anger the people who overwhelmingly gave us their mandate in 2016 to govern them.
We have to consolidate our gains in 2016, and it is a must.
As 2020 General Election approaches, Appointees, Government machinery and Party leadership should focus on telling the success stories of President Akufo-Addo, and expose propagandas of John Mahama, NDC and their allies.
CVM will do our best to highlights the achievements of President Akufo-Addo’s Government and expose the lies of John Mahama, NDC and their allies come 2020.
The author, Razak Kojo Opoku, is Founder and President of Concerned Voters Movement (CVM)