- A journalist, Ken Kuranchie, has revealed that John Mahama may be ineligible to run for flagbearer of the NDC
- He made reference to Article 68(2) of the 1992 constitution which prevents former presidents from holding offices of emoluments
- He however said that he does not intend to further pursue the matter as he was only drawing attention to it
The Editor of the Daily Searchlight newspaper, Ken Kuranchi, has revealed that the 1992 constitution of Ghana may bar Former President Mahama from running for presidency.
According to him, per article 68(2) of the constitution, Mahama is not supposed to engage in any activities that provide profit or emolument.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, he said that “when it comes to former presidents, there are limits as to how far he (John Mahama) can go.”
Quoting the constitution, he said, “the president shall not, on leaving office as President, hold any office of profit or emolument, except with the permission of Parliament in any establishment, either directly or indirectly, other than that of the State.”
He further argued that once Mahama runs for flagbearer, it becomes a journey that is being done on behalf of the state which is directly against what the constitution provides.
Ken Kuranchie also said the flagbearer position would provide him a money making avenue.
In his opinion, as politics costs lots of money, there is the urgent need to raise money to fund the campaign.
As Mahama is firmly under the laws of Ghana, he went on, there was the need for a further scrutiny of the laws.
Ken Kuranchi however said he’s not interested in pursuing the matter further, and that he’s only drawing attention to it.
Former President Mahama confirmed his presidential ambition to contest the party’s presidential primary, after his letter of intent was presented to the party on his behalf by a delegation led by Former Ambassador, Daniel Ohene Agyekum at the NDC headquarters Thursday, August 23, 2018, in Accra.
The former President indicated that he owes God and the good people of Ghana the greatest responsibility of recapturing power from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Eleven members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have so far expressed interest in leading the party into the 2020 elections.
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