- A leading member of the NDC has called for a different candidate to lead the party in 2024
- Dr. Clement Apaak, however, believes otherwise
-According to him, Mahama must be given a free pass
A leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it will be dangerous to present John Dramani Mahama as the party’s flagbearer for the 2024 elections.
According to Stephen Ashitey Adjei, the umbrella fraternity needs a marketable candidate, not one that had been rejected in the 2016 and 2020 elections.
“We must re-examine our product for the electoral market and present a new product,” the Tema East Constituency member told Ghana News Agency.
According to him, the party is starkly divided under the leadership of the former president, saying “no party can win elections in Ghana with a divided front fighting against themselves.”
Meanwhile, the NDC Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Abas Apaak, has refused to accept that the former president lost the 2020 election.
According to him, Mahama won the 2020 presidential elections but was denied his mandate by institutions whose leaderships were “handpicked by his competitor to do just that.”
As a result, he believed that the former president deserves a “free pass” to reclaim his stolen mandate.
In other news, award-winning Ghanaian actress, Lydia Forson, praised Mahama for being more tolerant to criticism than President Akufo-Addo.
In a series of tweets on Thursday, March 18, 2021, and sighted by YEN.com.gh, Forson bemoaned how the Akufo-Addo administration moves tirelessly to gag critical views.
According to her, they were vocal during the Mahama administration because the former president “seemed more tolerant to criticisms.”
On the other hand, she said the Akufo-Addo administration and its followers “seem more intolerant” to divergent views and criticism.
“This is unfortunately why many don’t talk as much. As someone who was openly critical of the NDC/Mahama when they were in power; it’s always disheartening to see the very people who encouraged us to speak up, now try to drown/silence our voices,” she added.
Forson’s damning verdict came days after the president stated that his administration does not shy away from public scrutiny, after forcing the Auditor General, Daniel Domelevo, into retirement for taking a strong stance against corruption in the public sector.
“Ours is not a government that shies away from public scrutiny. Far from it. That is not the NPP way,” he stated when he delivered the first State of the Nation Address of his second term.
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