A coalition of prospective independent presidential candidates are working earnestly to break the duopoly that has existed in Ghana politics since a return to multi-party democracy on January 7, 1993.
According to the aspirants, they are going to change the course of history and deliver to the people accountability, citizen-centred management of the economy and resources, and a long-term agenda that would secure the future of Ghana’s posterity.
A statement released on Friday said the mission is to “present to Ghanaians a coalition of Ghanaian leaders in their own fields, with global expertise, and let our people know we have the concern and skillset to unseat and replace the entrenched political NDC and NPP parties in the upcoming presidential election.”
The group is made up of the following; Kofi Koranteng, an investment banker and real estate investor of international repute, Samuel Ofori Ampofo, a retired mechanical engineer, farmer and rural banker as well as Marricke Kofi Gane, an international development expert, lecturer and chartered certified accountant.
The rest are Carl Ebo Morgan, a businessman, political scientist and project management consultant with international repute; and Onipayedom Ossom Teye, businessman and welder.
The presidential hopefuls believe Ghana is at the crossroads of leadership crisis and the only way to rescue the people is to unite behind a single leader under a single campaign to make history by winning the presidential election in December 2020.
The statement said, “There is an urgent need to position Ghana in a manner that is a blessing to present and future generations.”
The Coalition of Independent Presidential Aspirants (CIPA) say their main goal is to fight for Ghana’s second and final independence from the clutches of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2020 elections.
Some of the things the Independent Presidential Aspirants intend doing to turn around the country’s economy include turning agriculture to a high level of modernisation, competitive advantage and productivity, providing attractive farming communities with basic roads and amenities to attract the youth as well as a pragmatic and superior educational system linked to job creation for our graduates.
The coalition envisages to undertake public and private financial capital investment in the youth such as scholarships and student loans, boost in loans for small and medium scale businesses, provide first class health care that delivers improved life expectancy as in developed countries, ensuring environmental sanitation second to none with 99.9% control of the mosquito breeding and malaria in 3 years.
It also include are ban on open gutters and making underground sewage systems standard throughout Ghana, a mandatory health standards of water flushing toilets in all homes, commercial and public places, support a constitutional amendment to decentralise presidential powers and elect local towns and districts for their rapid development and build only quality roads and highways and make all contractors carry a 10 year bond.
The group also intends to institute quarterly public reports from the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURC) and enforce the quality and reliability standards of services from the country’s power, water and communication systems.
Use Ghanaian scientific and technical expertise around the globe exclusively to develop Information Technology (IT) and database systems for our security, corruption monitoring and management, voting and other management systems.
Reduce the size of government by 50% or more, cut the colonial allowance systems, and balance the Ghana government budget within 3 years and deal with corruption in the most cross-cutting, efficient and ruthless manner within the confines of law.
Ghana goes to the polls on December 7 to elect a president and 275 parliamentarians.
The stakes are much higher this time round as the incumbent president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo faces off with John Dramani Mahama in a third presidential contest between them.
There has been several calls for a third force to break the monopoly enjoyed by the NDC and the NPP in the Fourth Republic.
By Francis Tandoh || ghananewsonline.com.gh