Former President John Dramani Mahama has announced his interest to lead the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for Election 2020 as a presidential candidate.
In a Facebook post Saturday evening, Mr Mahama wrote: “To you the teeming supporters and sympathizers calling and requesting me to declare my intentions for the future, I wish to assure you today, that as a servant-leader, I have listened to your calls and reflected. I will not disappoint you even as we await the publication of the party’s guidelines for selecting a new leader.”
Former President Mahama at one of the Unity Walks
When the former President was asked at one of their Unity Walks -organised to unite the party- in the Central Region last year he declined to state his stance.
He only stressed the need for the leadership of the Party across the structures -Branch, Constituency, Regional and National – to work towards educating supporters on the ongoing Branch reorganization activities.
He implored the executives to use the opportunity to build up the support base of the party in their communities.
This is the clearest indication by Mr Mahama that he would try to lead Ghana again in the 2020 general elections.
Mr Mahama thanked both executive position holders in the party at different levels for their contributions to the re-organisation efforts following their defeat in the 2016 elections.
“I want to congratulate the rank & file and executives of our party, the NDC, at all levels for the commitment and work rate we have put into our reorganization efforts,” Mr Mahama wrote in the Facebook post.
Speaking on the issue recently in Bolgatanga, Mr Mahama said with the branch elections of the party completed and “the reorganization of the party is on track…the time is arriving when I need to make a decision.”
Reaffirming his commitment to running for the number one post of the land again, he congratulated the rank and file as well as all executives of the NDC at all levels for the commitment and work rate for their efforts at the reorganization the party.
“The zeal and determination of the average sympathizer of our great party is greater and miles ahead of what it was after the December 2016 Elections.
The former President has been touring Ghana galvanising the grassroots with the Unity Walk project which climaxes at Aflao in the Volta Region on June 9, 2018.
Opponents within the NDC who have emerged as competition for the slot have accused Mr Mahama of hijacking the Unity Walk project to give him an unfair advantage.
The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban S.K. Bagbin, former Trade and Industry Minister, Dr Ekwow Spio Gabrah, former Chief Executive of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Mr Sylvester Mensah and former Vice Chancellor of the University for Professional Studies, Prof. Joshua Alabi, are among those who have also declared interest to contest to lead the NDC for Election 2020.
Mr Mahama had indicated he would make the decision about his political future known in the course of time.
Any message for 2020 campaign?
Akufo-Addo inspecting some projects
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has scoffed at his political opponents saying, they would have no campaign message going into the 2020 elections.
Commissioning a health administration block in Asunafo North in the Brong Ahafo Region Saturday, he said he would have fulfilled his 2016 campaign promises by the end of his first term of office in 2020.
Taking a swipe at the opposition, he said those saying his administration has done nothing over the last 16 months in office are the same persons who, prior to the 2016 elections, they could not do most of what he promised to do.
“To those who say they are still not seeing anything, they should wait and watch me. By the end of the four years, they will have nothing to say. They will acknowledge that we came to work for the development of Ghana,” he added.