Second deputy speaker of Ghana's Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has predicted that former president John Dramani Mahama will receive a paltry 30% of votes in the upcoming presidential primary elections for a flagbearer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
In an interview on Accra-based 3FM on January 22, 2019, first reported on by Ghanapoliticsonline.com, Bagbin stated confidently that nobody among the seven candidates running for the leadership of the NDC will be able to attain the 50% required by the party’s constitution.
The deputy speaker said ex-president John Dramani Mahama is leading the race at the moment but can only get about 30% at the end of the contest because pre-election support will not translate into votes.
The primaries are scheduled to come off on February 23, 2019.
The NDC primary was originally scheduled to come off on Friday, December 7, 2018, in accordance with the constitution of the party to elect a flagbearer exactly two years to the presidential elections, if it is in opposition.
But misunderstandings over the nomination and filing fees for the flagbearer aspirants forced a change and rescheduled to January 26, 2019.
An injunction filed by two members of the party nearly forced an indefinite suspension of the primary, but for an out-of-court agreement reached in court.
Alban Bagbin served as a Housing Minister in the erstwhile National Democratic Congress government led by John Dramani Mahama and has been a parliamentarian from Nadowli in the Upper West Region since 1992.
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