The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says he is encouraged by recent polls by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana which predicted a victory for him on December 7.
According to the survey, 51.7% of the 11,000 sampled respondents said they will vote for President Akufo-Addo.
The flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama is also expected to follow with 40.4% of the votes cast according to the survey.
Commenting on the survey, President Akufo-Addo said though its outcome is great, he will not be complacent.
Speaking on Kingdom FM, a local radio station in Cape Coast in the Central Region, on Friday, November 27, 2020, President Akufo-Addo said the NPP will work hard till the results are counted and declared.
“Opinion polls are just opinion polls, and there are votes. Even though I am encouraged, I am not going to be complacent about it and lose my guard on campaigning. Right up to the midnight of December 5 that the laws allow us to campaign, we will continue to campaign for every single vote in the country and make sure it is ours so on the 7th of December 2020, we will be declared winners of the polls.”
“Even though I am not going to ignore the polls completely, my focus isn’t on it. After the elections, we will all know if the polls are right after the polls, and I am declared the winner.”
Meanwhile, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has rubbished the said survey.
The National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, questioned the credibility of the lecturers involved in the survey.
“Some few people were influenced by NPP politicians. They sat in the confines of their offices and generated a report which is what has been released. That is the information we have,” Mr. Gyamfi claimed.
Aside from the allegations, the NDC also said the results of the poll cannot portend the results of the upcoming election.
“Assuming without admitting that this poll was authentic and well done, it’s just a poll. Even if what they have done is a good research job, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will come to pass because polls are not sacrosanct.”