NDC 2020: ‘Mahama’s lead has dropped significantly’ – Goosie Tanoh

A 2020 Presidential hopeful of National Democratic Congress Augustus “Goosie” Obuadum Tanoh has said despite former President John Mahama’s widely marketed image, he is a beatable candidate in the party’s flagbearer race.

‘Whatever lead he has, has dropped significantly’, Goosie Tanoh said in an interview with Joy News’ Evans Mensah on late evening show PM Express Wednesday.

“Let me just say, he is beatable, simple as that”, the former law lecturer who returned to the party in 2008 after breaking away in 1998 said.

The interview was conducted in his home where wall photos behind him told a story of his own rise in politics. President Jerry John Rawlings then a Flight Lieutenant whose was head of state was Tandoh’s visa into high-octane politics.

The former law lecturer drawn by the revolutionary tempo of the 80’s, left the University of Ghana in 1983 to become a Special Assistant to Jerry Rawlings who lead the military junta, the  Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).

After serving the party and the president for more than a decade, the man who looks like Rawlings was overlooked as his successor in 1999. He broke away from the NDC citing disorganisation and corruption within the party.

The now-defunct National Reform Party he formed garnered 1.1% in the presidential polls in 2000.

Mr. Tanoh who has restarted an ambition to lead the NDC which dates back to the 90’s, conceded that Mahama remained a frontrunner but now only marginally.

He said the former President had much higher ratings in May 2018 when he was yet to formally announce his intention to run for the 2020 flagbearer race.

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