- John Mahama is expected to announce if indeed he is interested in contesting the presidency in 2020
- The former president will on August 23 meet party executives and break his silence on his presidential ambitions
The former president, John Mahama, will make known his intentions to run or not to contest the 2020 elections in an announcement at the NDC headquarters on August 23.
This announcement by John Mahama will put to rest various speculations concerning his bid to lead the party yet again to the election in 2020.
John Mahama had earlier paid a courtesy call of the founder of the NDC, Jerry Rawlings a move that many may see as politically strategic.
Already, all ten regional party chairmen of the NDC have endorsed Mahama and also advised him to lead the party. In a draft letter, all chairmen signed in approval of John Mahama being the next flag bearer of the NDC yet again.
But things have not been easy for the former president as other party executives including those he worked closely with during his tenure as president are now set to contest against him.
One of the most vociferous amongst all is the second deputy speaker of parliament, Alban Bagbin, who has been singled out for the use of harsh words against John Mahama.
In his latest string of attack, Alban Bagbin, attributed the defeat of the NDC during the 2020 election to the decision by former President Mahama to appoint a visually impaired official.
The member of parliament for Nadowli Kaleo has argued that appointing Dr. Henry Siedu Daanaa as the minister in charge of chieftaincy and traditional affairs was a terrible mistake that cost the party dearly in the 2016 elections.
“In our tradition, if you are not whole can you be a chief or grandmother? So if you form a government and make the minister of Chieftaincy a blind person and the chiefs are objecting and you don’t change him what are you telling the chiefs?,” he suggested during an address to some party communicators in the Volta Region,
The revelation by Alban Bagbin forms part of a series of other criticisms against John Mahama especially as he prepares to contest 2020 elections.
Already, there are plans by the top executives of the NDC to summon Alban Bagbin to the disciplinary committee over some of the criticisms he has been vicious and offensive.
Mr. Bagbin had earlier described the Mahama’s administration as an “animal farm” government which did not bode well for hard working party members.
The road to election 2020
A special aide to Alban Bagbin, Konoba Joe, has revealed that the second deputy speaker of parliament will be picking nomination forms to contest the flagbearship position of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) ahead of the 2020 elections.
Konoba Joe reveals that “what Hon. Alban Bagbin has done since 1992 is to serve his people and that call is emanating again.
That call is for him to even occupy a higher position to serve the party well and that is the position of the NDC flagbearership”.
Konoba in an interview with the media revealed that “everything has its season and this is a season for the re-organization of the party.
The revelation made by the aide comes in the wake of speculations by the Alhajj newspaper that founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Jerry John Rawlings is planning to kick out the former president, John Mahama.
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