General News of Wed, 1 Aug 201863
NDC race: Mahama will not contest – Flagbearer aspirant
Flagbearer aspirant of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Elikplim Agbamava has categorically stated that ex President John Mahama will not run in the party’s Flagbearer contest.
The NDC Members of Parliament are divided over reported endorsement of the candidature of former President John Mahama by some of its members ahead of the party’s primaries to elect a Flagbearer.
Reports are rife that forms had been sent around in Parliament urging NDC MPs to sign as endorsement of Mr Mahama’s 2020 candidature.
The likes of the MP for Adaklu, Kwame Agbodza claimed Minority MPs have had several meetings with the former President and assured him of their support of his candidature should he contest.
“We have met him and encouraged him just as other people have encouraged other people including the Second Deputy Speaker, we’re galvanizing our own resources, raising funds by ourselves to support ex President Mahama if he contests.”
However his colleague MP from the Volta Region, Richard Quashigah has said a lot of MPs were coerced into signing the endorsement document.
Speaking to host Kwaku Owusu Agyei aka Patoo on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa FM, the 41 year old Lawyer Elikplim Agbamava stated that he’s reliably informed that the Mr Mahama is not interested in leading the NDC into the 2020 election, adding that the numerous ongoing lobbying for the Ex President’s comeback is an exercise in futility.
“I’m focusing on my campaign, I don’t worry my head over J.M I know he’ll not contest…he’s not going so I don’t spend much time thinking about him. I know that for a fact that he’s not going to contest, all the lobbying going on by the NDC MPs and others within the party will come to naught.”