A former presidential staffer and the member of parliament for Builsa South, Dr Clement Apaak has said that former president Mahama is the right fit for the National Democratic Congress, come 2020.
According to him, the former president is the NDC's best bet to recapture the seat of government in the next election period.
In interview on Starr FM on Thursday, Dr. Apaak said that John Mahama could positively lead the NDC ticket, once the challenges facing the party are addressed.
He further argued that there are a number of positive factors on the former president's side including his age, as such there was no doubt that in 2020, Mahama would lead the NDC.
"If you ask me as somebody who was intensely involved in the labour movements in Canada and North America, we always had a concept that we describe as the right of first refusal and in my own assessment, the right of first refusal indicates that when somebody has occupied a particular position before, for all intents and purposes when that position becomes available again, then quiet clearly you can expect until the person excludes him or herself in emphatic and direct terms you can never count that person out," Dr Apaak said.
The MP's remarks follow the former president's address to his former government appointees, where he stated that he would fully support whomever took over the reins of the NDC in the next election period.
"And I am saying that whoever leads the party, I’m a committed member, I’ll support that person to the hilt. And, so, going on air and blaming so and so for this and that, I don’t think it helps the unity [of the party]. At this time we must be standing together.
If you ride a lame horse into a race and you lose the race, your priority must be to cure the lameness of the horse and not about who’ll ride the horse again.You have to cure the horse and make sure it’s no longer lame. And once you have a fit, healthy horse, it will throw up who the jockey should be. And so absolutely, I believe that the issue of leadership is based on the dynamics of the time," former president Mahama said.
The former president was however vague about whether he would return to lead the lead the party in 2020, describing the calls for his as premature.
"If we do our work well, we do good branch reorganization, bring it to the constituency level, to the regional level and have a strong, healthy party; the dynamics of the time will determine who should lead the party," he added.