- Founder of AUCC and NDC official, Kojo Yankah, has advised Mahama against contesting for 2020 polls
- Kojo Yankah in an open letter told Mahama that it was impossible to solve all challenges of Ghana
A seasoned politician and founder of the African University College of Communications (AUCC), Kojo Yankah, has advised John Dramani Mahama to reconsider his bid to contest the 2020 elections.
John Dramani Mahama has made known his intentions to contest the 2020 elections saying he owes it to serve Ghanaians once again.
The public announcement by the former president was welcomed with solidarity messages from supporters and party executives who described Mahama's decision as timely.
But Kojo Yankah shared a varied view on this development. In an open letter to John Mahama, the renowned politician believes Mahama would have to reconsider his decision especially when he could not solve all the problems of Ghana.
"...Of my knowledge of history, no leader of any country has been able to solve all the problems of that country. Even more inspiring for me, America's Jimmy Carter, who was in office for only one term, served the world and humanity much better when he was out of office.
John, my humble request is for you to give a second thought to your decision. If l am too late in coming, or if you have heard my reasoning before, l wish you well," part of his open letter stated.
What is interesting about this publication is that Kojo Yankah is a top member of the NDC - the party on whose ticket John Mahama is contesting.
Mahama's ticket for 2020
The former president, John Mahama, made 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 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.
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. Bagbin has therefore apologised for his comments saying his arguments were misunderstood.
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