John Dramani Mahama is contemplating contesting the 2020 elections. John Mahama has been heard on various platforms stating he will be making known his intention of contesting the elections very soon.
In fact, the former president was urged to lead the NDC in the 2020 election. All regional chairmen of the party jointly signed a petition imploring the president to continue his presidential ambition by facing Nana Addo again despite him being defeated in the 2016 elections.
Despite these positive calls and confidence reposed in him, Mahama also faces opposition from some party leaders political analysts who fear Mahama’s return could spell doom for the party.
1. End of his political career:
John Mahama has just one shot to either win an election or forever lose his political voice in the country forever. Ghana’s political terrain is a very delicate one. Politicians just make the best of opportunities from the least of chances they get. This is the exact reason why Mahama could be risking it all should he subject himself to yet another elections.
Ghanaian voters ‘tired’ of the Mahama factor: Political scientists in Ghana have argued that John Mahama is not the exact preference of the Ghanaian voter. In the realm of voter reactions, it has been shown that Mahama may not be able to win the hearts of Ghanaians as he did in the 2016 elections.
2. Ghanaian voters ‘tired’ of the Mahama factor:
Political scientists in Ghana have argued that John Mahama is not the exact preference of the Ghanaian voter. In the realm of voter reactions, it has been shown that Mahama may not be able to win the hearts of Ghanaians as he did in the 2016 elections. It will be four years since Ghanaians heard of Mahama and it could be a challenge for Mahama catching on.
3. More divisions in the NDC:
It was after the defeat of Mahama that the divisions within the opposition National Democratic Congress. Former president Jerry Rawlings has even confirmed this development saying the divisions within the party structure caused the party defeat in the knife-edged elections. There are fears that Mahama’s decision to contest the elections this time around could further divide the NDC rather than unite it
4. Loss of relevance and respect:
It has been about two years since Mahama became a former president and we have witnessed the commendations he has received from across the world especially the United Nations (UN). This has been seen in his appointment as the leading UN observer in critical elections of Kenya and Sierra Leone. Mahama could be far off dancing in this glory rather than dabbling in a shaky election atmosphere.
That said, it still remains the sole preserve of Mahama to decide whether or not to contest the 2020 elections. Should he win the 2020 elections, Mahama will be the first president in the 4th Republic to have his 8-year administration separated by a 4-year term by a political opponent.
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