The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has ridiculed the National Democratic Congress (NDC) saying the decision by the opposition party to take ideas from Ghanaians for its 2020 manifesto indicates that the party lacks what it takes to run the country.
Last week, the NDC announced that it is soliciting inputs from the general public, civil society organizations, trade unions, and other identifiable groups to draw up the manifesto.
Its partyâ€™s flagbearer, John Mahama also inaugurated a 21-member manifesto committee to draw up â€œa peopleâ€™s manifestoâ€.
But addressing the media, Director of Communications for the NPP, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, said the NDC has nothing new to offer Ghanaians.
â€œHaving set up a manifesto committee, their first model of business is to ask 30 million Ghanaians to think for them. I think perhaps we should help them because they are very confused. Even with all the time on their hands in opposition, they canâ€™t find ideas to generate a manifesto that is capable of managing the affair of this country by choice.â€
Meanwhile, the NDC says its manifesto for the 2020 elections will be centred on identifying problems that affect the Ghanaian people and find pragmatic ways of fixing them.
According to the party, its policy document will also be devoid of what its termed as â€˜comic slogansâ€™.
Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Peter Boamah Otukonor, indicated that their 2020 manifesto will be people-driven and geared towards solving problems and bringing about development.
â€œAll those lofty and utopian promises they made is why this government has become a problem for the people to solve. We are not interested in those comedy slogans of politics. What we are interested in is fixing the problems of the people to develop this country. This will create more opportunities and provide jobs for all. So, it is not about those slogans. What we are focusing on is to identify the true and real concerns of the people to provide solid, workable, feasible policy alternatives that will deal with the challenges of the people. This is what will bring growth, development and economic freedom of the people, not the taglinesâ€, he said.