- Former President Mahama has made no indication of his intention to run for NDC in 2020
- Some sections of the party had blamed him and his team for the defeat of the NDC in 2016
- One of the party's groups has said former President Mahama is a liability they should not risk for 2020
One of the National Democratic Congress’ affiliated groups, ‘Bring Back NDC’ has said the party is likely to lose the 2020 elections if the efforts to make Former President Mahama flagbearer come to fruition.
They blamed the former president the party’s defeat in the 2016 general elections , describing him as an ‘electoral liability’ for the next election year.
In a statement, the group warned that even though the Akufo-Addo administration has had a rocking start to its term, it does not guarantee that come 2020, Mahama will be the best choice as their flagbearer.
Below is their statement:
We can’t win 2020 with John Mahama
It’s been seven months and three weeks since the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was humbled in an election which it incessantly proclaimed to be in comfortable lead and cruising to victory. The electoral defeat as painful as it is was not unavoidable. This claim is buttressed by the Report of Professor Kwesi Botchwey Committee.
NDC is currently entangled in blame game and deepening interest-based divisions pitching the young against the old; women against men; and former appointees against never-appointed; all in the name of salvaging the sinking image of the party. In the midst of this, a sincere soul-searching introspection indicates there is a silver lining beneath the storm: an opportunity to regroup, re-strategize and recapture power in 2020!
The Main Opposition Party is at cross-roads and there is a battle not just among ages but between aspiring heirs of Social Justice and Sustainable Development against Protégées of Nepotism, Cronyism and Corruption. Legacy versus Property! And Indifference is in the defense of the latter. The very utterances, actions, and inactions of Former President John Dramani Mahama led us into this conundrum and he remains an electoral liability in 2020 and the near future. Therefore our victory ahead of 2020 is not guaranteed with him despite the false-starts of the Nana Addo-Bawumia Government.
The way forward for the party, in our view, as informed by an invaluable insight of private and public discourses, is for the rank and file to eschew all forms of pride, prejudices and discriminations, and dispassionately discuss and decide on party issues especially on internal elections. And this must be an all-hands-on-board affair chiefly aimed at reclaiming the Prestigious Principles of Probity and Accountability. We particularly encourage the old party-guards who were neglected to put behind the past and join hands with party leadership to work for victory in the next elections. The neglect of the grassroots and the youth must also be addressed if we are to win election 2020.
HANNAN H. LEGEND
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