- A Political Science Lecturer has urged the NDC not to partner Mahama with Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang in the 2024 elections
- He said partnering the two will lead to another defeat
- The NPP wants to break the eight years power cycle by winning the 2024 elections
- A recent electoral poll suggested the NDC will return to power in 2024
With heightening pressure on the hierarchy of the NDC and its supporters to give John Dramani Mahama a “free pass” to lead the party in the 2024 presidential elections, a Political Science Lecturer warned that retaining Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as running mate will lead to another defeat.
According to Dr. Osei Bonsu, the former president can only recapture the presidency for the NDC with a new running mate who identifies with the grassroots of the party and can sell the party to the general public.
“…If NDC insists [on] choosing her as a running mate for Mahama, it would affect their future chances,” he stated in an interview monitored by YEN.com.gh on Onua FM.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) predicted that the NDC will win the 2024 presidential elections but needs a new candidate to do that.
MP for Ashaiman Constituency, Ernest Norgbey, however, rejected the EIU’s suggestion, stating that the NDC does not need to field a new candidate for the 2024 presidential elections.
According to him, the former president is the party’s surest bet to regaining power in 2024.
“NDC cannot go into this election with any other candidate rather than John Dramani Mahama,” Norgbey told Joy News.
He said the party needs to ride on the shoulders of the former president who has been in the system for a very long time and can win power for the party in 2024.
“So in as much as I believe in their predictions that we are going to win power in 2024 massively and even win the majority in parliament, I cannot understand their methodology for saying that we can only win if we introduce a new face,” he wondered.
Norgbey joined the MP for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak, in rooting for Mahama to be retained as the presidential candidate of the NDC for the 2024 elections.
Dr. Apaak, a former presidential staffer, warned that it will be calamitous without the former president on the ticket.
Without mincing words, he noted that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) will easily break the eight years power cycle should the NDC present a new candidate for the 2024 elections.
In an earlier YEN.com.gh report, Dr. Apaak refused to accept that the former president lost the 2020 election.
Akufo-Addo defeated former President John Dramani Mahama in the said election to secure another four-year term; collecting 51.302% of the votes cast against the latter’s 47.359%.
The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.
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