- The former president, John Mahama, is said to have taken a firm decision to contest the 2020 election on the ticket of the NDC
- He reportedly reached the decision after meeting with his family and leading members of the NDC
- Mahama will reportedly announce the decision after he concludes his consultations with his party members
The former president, John Mahama, has reportedly taken an unshakable decision to contest the 2020 presidential elections on the ticket of his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
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He is said to have reached the decision after a meeting with members of his family and high-ranking members of the NDC, according to a report by the Al-Hajj newspaper.
The report said the NDC officials at the meeting unanimously offered their support to Mahama and said that they considered him as the party's best bet for recapturing power.
They are said to have, however, expressed the hope that he would change certain ways of doing things once he gets the nod to lead the party again.
They were especially insistent on the former president involving the party in his campaign and building consensus on issues with members of the party, the report said.
Mahama will announce the decision to stand again once he concludes consultation with other key members of the party, the report added.
Mahama had earlier refused to speak on his future with the party.
He had instead asked the party faithful to work hard to make the NDC formidable enough to challenge the NPP in 2020.
The 58-year-old's dream for a second straight term in office was shattered by the NPP's Nana Akufo-Addo, who secured a stunning victory to capture 58% of the votes in the December elections.
Mahama could only manage 44.4%, despite having an incumbency advantage and a bigger logistical and financial war chest than the NPP leader, who is the current president.
The sheer scale defeat of the defeat shocked and terrified the NDC leadership and prompted a major party investigation to unravel what went wrong.
Mahama, according to a recent YEN.com.gh report, attributed his defeat to what he called his penchant for brutal honesty.
He said whereas he was honest with the Ghanaian people regarding the state of the economy and realistic about could be achieved, his main rival, Akufo-Addo, promised heaven and managed to hoodwink Ghanaians into voting for him.
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