A flag bearer aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Alban S.K. Bagbin, has enjoined the party’s delegates to vote with their conscience during presidential candidate polls on Saturday.
Bagbin, who is also the second deputy speaker of Parliament, cautioned the delegates to consider the state of the party and vote for the one that is likely to wrestle power from the NPP in 2020.
He made this known during an interview with the Daily Graphic.
Mr Bagbin, who is also the longest serving Member of Parliament in the Fourth Republic, is among seven other candidates seeking to become the flag bearer of the NDC for the 2020 election.
Bagbin, said delegates have to vote for “who have character, integrity and can be trusted and depended upon.”
“Let us be guided by our inner voices. Vote according to our conscience and do what is right for the NDC to win the 2020 election,” he stated.
Bagbin will be contesting against former President John Dramani Mahama, who was vice-president for three and a half years and President for four and a half years; Prof. Joshua Alabi, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Alhaji Nurideen Iddrisu, Sylvester Adinam Mensah (Sly) and Augustus Goosie Tanoh.
He added: “The campaign has been good and God has been gracious to me. My message, which has been received so well by the delegates, responds to the current challenges facing the party (NDC) and country at large and I am sure of doing about 50 per cent of the votes come Saturday”.
He also called on his fellow candidates in Saturday’s primary to bear in mind that democracy was an institutionalised competition.
“We know we will go through this nationwide exercise every four years and we need tolerance, patience and understanding so that the process will be devoid of acrimony, hate speech and ill-will. In every competition, you will definitely have conflicts but fortunately democracy has built-in mechanisms to handle such conflicts,” he stated.