All candidates who contested in the opposition National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) flagbearership race have met to deliberate on how to work together ahead of the 2020 elections.
The meeting was held at the party’s headquarters in Adabraka in Accra, and was aimed at uniting all executives.
In attendance were former president Mahama, Prof. Joshua Alabi, Alban Bagbin, Goosie Tanoh, Dr. Ekwow Spio Garbrah, Sylvester Mensah and Nurudeen Iddrisu.
The general secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, was also present, as well as other party executives.
All the defeated flagbearer aspirants pledged to support Mahama in his bid to return to the presidency in 2020.
On his part, Mahama urged the party to unite and to support each other ahead of the 2020 elections.
According to him, one of the major things which held the NDC back during the 2016 election was the lack of unity in the party.
“What we just went through in the presidential primaries has brought out the best in our party; our base has been energised [and] you’ll find that a lot of the apathy that existed in the branches appears to have been shrugged off and that is because of the competitive nature of the process we went through,” Mahama said.
“I believe that one of our Achilles hills going into 2016 [election] was a certain lack of unity…and so I think this initiative will smoothen over any issues and differences and moving together as one into the battle of 2020 enhances our opportunity and chances of clinching the victory for our great party,” he added.
Mahama became the NDC’s presidential aspirant-elect after beating off competition from six other candidates.
He was endorsed by over 200,000 delegates of the NDC during February 23, 2019's presidential primaries held at the various constituencies across the country.
Mahama polled a whopping 213,487 votes, representing 95.23% of the total votes cast.
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