- A political scientist, Alex Frimpong, has cautioned the NDC against presenting John Mahama as its candidate in the 2020 elections
- He added that Ghana's political tradition creates room for an 8-year tenure for every political party
A political scientist with the Political Science department of the University of Ghana, Legon, Alex Frimpong, has predicted that Former President John Mahama may lose the 2020 elections.
According to him, the ex-president does not stand a chance against President Akufo-Addo in the 2020 elections.
On Thursday, August 23, 2018, Mahama announced his intention to contest for the position of flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
In a short video that followed, he stated that he owes a duty to God and to Ghana to ensure that the NDC returns to power.
This was soon followed by an endorsement by 94 Members of Parliament (MPs), who assured him of their support.
Frimpong however argues that Ghana’s political tradition is that of an 8-year tenure of office.
In that regard, he went on, the chances of Mahama returning to power is slim, as the New Patriotic Party (NPP) will only have spent four years in office by 2020.
“Given what has virtually become a tradition in the fourth republic where a party is given a two-term, the chances of winning the next elections may be difficult given what the tradition has been. If we go by the tradition NPP has a better chance in 2020.” He explained.
With the 2016 elections, Akufo-Addo garnered 5, 716, 609 votes, representing 53.84% to snatch the presidency from Mahama who secured 4,713,277 votes, representing 44.40%.
The NDC also lost more than 40 parliamentary seats to the NPP, which gave the latter majority in Parliament.
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