Former President John Dramani Mahama has spoken to his teeming supporters in the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that, he will not disappoint. There has been growing calls in recent days for Mr Mahama to declare his political future to the party supporters. Mr Mahama made his declaration via his Facebook account.
According to Mr Mahama, he has painstakingly considered the calls of the party supporters who would like him to make his plans known concerning the forthcoming party primaries which would select a new leaders for the national democratic congress. By this declaration, Mr Mahama when voted by the party will contest as the flagbearer of the NDC. On the other hand, due to constitutional constraints, Mahama can only serve one term if he is lucky to win the 2020 general elections.
For the time being, Dr Ekow Spio-Garbrah, a former Trade Minister; Professor Joshua Alabi, a retired Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA); the current Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Sumani Bagbin and the former Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah have all declared their intentions to contest the flag bearer slot of the party.
Mr Mahama on Saturday, 19 May 2018, stated that: “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”.
The former president also applauded members and leaders of the party on efforts made at uniting and the reorganisation of the party as they forge ahead with the bid to reclaim power from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2020 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. 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. We need to keep up with the momentum generated and follow the published timelines,” the former president said.