General News of Fri, 24 Aug 201816
Mahama wants to make history - Governance Expert
Former President John Mahama declaring his intent to contest presidential primaries of opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is just to make history, according to the Executive Director of Ghana Institute of Governance and Security (GIGS), Mr. David Agbee.
He explains that the latter passed through the ranks needed to assume the highest office hence, Mr. John Mahama seeking to become President will only make history for himself under this 4th Republican Constitution.
"He has been an Assembly man, lawmaker, Minister, Vice president and President. ...he seeking for reelection as President is just to make a history", the political watcher indicated in an interview monitored by this reporter, Kwabena Danso-Dapaah.
Former President John Dramani Mahama has formally declared his intention to contest the National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential primaries.
His letter of intent was presented to the NDC on his behalf by a delegation led by Former Ambassador, Daniel Ohene Agyekum at the NDC headquarters today [Thursday] in Accra.
Mr. Mahama joins other high profile candidates within the NDC including the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah, and Nadowli Kaleo MP, Alban Bagbin.
Other candidates are Dr. Ekwow Spio Garbrah; a former Trade and Industry Minister; Former Vice Chancellor of the University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi, and Cape Coast South MP Kweku Ricketts-Hagan.
The NDC has slated December 7, 2018, for the election of its flagbearer for the 2020 presidential election.
NDC Member of Parliament for the Asunafo South Constituency in the Brong Ahafo Region is urging party delegates to elect former President John Mahama as flagbearer so that he can complete his unfinished business.
Eric Opoku says Mr Mahama’s infrastructural development goes beyond 2016 thus he will need more time to finish it.
Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Thursday, Eric Opoku said the NDC needs former President Mahama to save Ghana.
He noted that it is obvious the New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by Nana Akufo-Addo has failed, adding the country will need a tried and tested person like John Mahama to wrestle power for the NDC.
“John Mahama is the most experienced politician in Ghana today. He has been an MP for 12 years, deputy minister, minister, vice president for four years and served as President for four years. He is the one the NDC needs now” he added.
Eric Opoku predicted an easy win for John Mahama ahead of the NDC’s flagbearership elections in December.
“President Mahama will win the 2020 elections because he is well marketed and poised for victory,” he stressed