With barely a month to the 2020 general elections, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has declared 3-day fasting and prayers as it seeks divine intervention for the December 7 polls.
The declaration, according to the party, is to intercede for the peace and stability of the country before, during, and after the elections.
“The party deems it necessary to invite Ghanaians to join us in praying and interceding for the peace and stability of Ghana as our dear nation gears up for a crucial election” a statement signed by its National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo read.
The prayer session themed “The horse is prepared for the day of battle but victory is in the hands of the Lord-Proverbs 21;31” will begin on Thursday, November, 5 and end on Saturday, November 7, 2020.
“It is equally our belief that our nation requires God’s divine intervention to halt the recent spate of armed robbery, killings and other violent crimes that we are witnessing across the length and breadth of the country in the run-up to this year’s elections” part of the statement read.
The 3-day event will be climaxed with a thanksgiving service at the Royal House Chapel International on Sunday, November 8, 2020.
Since 2000 Ghanaian politicians have always appealed to the divine during elections.
For instance, in 2000 candidate Kufour heavily relied on Cindy Thompson’s “Awurade Kasa,” courting the belief that God rules in the affairs of men.
In 2008, candidate Mills was largely portrayed as an uncompromising Christian. He won the elections.
After a failed attempt to win the 2008 elections, Nana Akufo-Addo turned to the biblical scripture ‘2 Chronicles 20:15’ – the battle is the Lord’s to rally support for his presidential ambitions in 2012.
He lost the battle to NDC’s John Mahama.
In 2016, the NPP declared a 21-day prayer and fasting.
The party fell on its 2012 campaign mantra again, it worked. Nana Akufo-Addo beat Mahama in a landslide victory.
In June 2016, an assembly of the clergy joined hands with President John Dramani Mahama to pray for the peace and progress of the country ahead of that year’s general elections.
Ahead of the 2020 elections, both the NDC and NPP are counting on God to fight the electoral battle of men.
The NPP says “the battle is still the Lord’s” while the NDC falls on Deacon Baah’s worship song “Wo ne ma houden” to wit ‘You’re my strength’ as it seeks heavenly strength for the December 7 battle.