Upon the coming into force of the 1992 constitution of Ghana, two political parties have had the opportunity to govern Ghana between 1993 and 2012. These two parties, though did their best, could not take Ghana from poverty to wealth in real time. They both accused each other of corruption and nepotism whiles the masses of the people still lived under poverty.
In December 2012, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom who realized the need for like-minded individuals, who understood the need to approach government business with a sense of urgency, to come together and form an alternative to the two non performing parties made a declaration calling on like-minded persons to join a new movement.
The formation of the PPP followed this declaration made on 28th December 2011 by Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom for progressive and independent-minded people to rise and cause to be formed an alternative political movement to compete for political power for a major transformation of the Ghanaian society.
The interim leadership of the progressive movement began a nationwide campaign to recruit members to form Interim Regional and Constituency Executives. The team visited all the ten regions of Ghana.
In January 2012 the party submitted an application to the Electoral Commission (EC) for registration in accordance with the Political Parties Act. It is instructive to note that, after the receipt of the official registration forms from the Electoral Commission, we were able to complete and submit the forms to the EC within 48hours.
The party received its provisional certificate on Friday 3rd February 2012. The PPP convened its first National Convention on 25th February 2012 at the Accra Sports Stadium. The final certificate was received on Thursday 15th March, 2012 from the Electoral Commission of Ghana.
The PPP fielded “206” parliamentary candidates in the 2012 General Elections. The Party mounted a very spirited Campaign and soon became a well-known brand. This however was not able to turn into electoral victory. Some of the Candidates who came close to winning were Issa Dambah of Wulensi Constituency, and Ewurabena Manison Of the KEEA constituency. Its Presidential Candidate also pulled 64,178 votes which represented 0.58% of the total valid votes cast for that year. One thing was sure the PPP had come to stay. It was recognized as the third largest party. It came to be called “Pre Papa Preko”. Literary, seek the best once and for all.
The PPP decided to give itself a second chance in the 2016 elections. In this election, it fielded 154 parliamentary candidates and the same presidential candidate. This time around, the party had more Parliamentary Candidates who came very close to winning but SADLY, were unable to win any of these seats. The party lost with very little margins to either the NDC or NPP in constituencies like KEEA, Bongo, Ofoase Ayirebi and Chiana Paga. The Presidential votes also increased from 64,178 in 2012 to 106,454 in 2016.
The Party is currently preparing itself through self-introspection, research and reorganization in order to participate and win some seats in the 2020 general elections.