Friday, September 28, 2012
The Progressive Peoples Party is running Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom as a third party candidate against the ruling NDC and the opposition NPP. The PPP is a split of from the CPP (Convention Peoples Party) which was Kwame Nkrumah's political party. Since Nkrumah's overthrow in 1966 the CPP has been a very marginal force in Ghanaian politics. It became even more marginal when Nduom left to form the PPP and took many of the remaining Nkrumahists in the CPP with him. The PPP seems to have a fair degree of enthusiastic support from the small segment of Ghana's youth that is educated, idealistic, and politically active. In terms of total number of potential voters the party of course has no chance of winning the presidency. But, it could easily serve as a spoiler throwing the election to the anti-Nkrumahist NPP in a runoff election. The NPP has its roots in the Danquah and Busia opposition to Nkrumah back in the 1950s. Yet, politics make strange alliances so some people have speculated about the possibility of an NPP government giving some positions to people in the PPP if it should win in such an manner.