-Ex-president John Mahama has said that the NDC lost 2016 election despite working very hard
- He said the party lost because it was not God's will for them to have won
- He called on the NDC faithful to work had to strengthen the party for victory in 2020
Former president John Dramani Mahama has sought to lift the spirits of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) faithful who are heartbroken by the defeat of the party in the 2016 election.
Mahama became the first sitting president to lose a re-election bid after he was beaten by Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the election.
Akufo-Addo had over 53% of the votes, while Mahama had a little over 44%.
At a rally on Saturday at Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region to celebrate the NDC's 25th anniversary, Mahama told his party members that the NDC did everything it could to win the 2016 election.
He said the party did everything within the limits of human power to win, but could not achieve victory because it was not God's will for the NDC to have won the 2016 election.
“If God blesses you with victory, you should know he has the power, you can try all you want but if God says this is what I want, who are you to say you won’t agree?.
“It happened that we tried our best in the 2016 elections but God didn’t give us what we wanted,” he said.
The former president told the NDC faithful not to be demoralised by the defeat, but to rather work to strengthen the party to reacquire power in 2020.
He said if the NDC was put in a solid shape, any flagbearer the party chose for the 2020 election would win.
Mahama has not declared his intention to contest the 2020 election, but he is said to have received the blessing of his family and leading members of the NDC to contest.
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