Politics of Thu, 6 Sep 201821
‘Qualified Mahama can’t be discouraged from seeking reelection’ – Kwakye Ofosu
A former Deputy Minister for Communications in the John Mahama administration, Felix Ofosu Kwakye wants former President John Mahama encouraged to pursue the path of becoming president again to rescue the country from mismanagement
He said John Mahama possess the needed experience and skill that puts him in a better position to lead the country.
Speaking on Eyewitness News on Tuesday in response to an appeal from Mr. Kojo Yankah for John Mahama to reconsider his plans to seek re-election, Kwakye Ofosu said he supports John Mahama’s decision.
Kojo Yankah in a post on Facebook said, “You are a very affable, intelligent and courteous person. Your humility and sense of service contributed to your rise to leadership at various levels, culminating in God putting you in charge at the helm of affairs in this beautiful country. You lost an election, and you accepted the results and thanked God, accordingly. To the best of my knowledge, you performed to the best of your ability with the team, message and strategies you brought on board. Even more inspiring for me, America’s Jimmy Carter, who was in office for only one term, served the world and humanity much better when he was out of office."
“John, my humble request is for you to give a second thought to your decision. If l am too late in coming, or if you have heard my reasoning before, l wish you well. Definitely, you may hear other voices more compelling than mine. May the Good Lord guide your path,” the former Daily Graphic editor concluded.
But according to Felix Ofosu Kwakye, Kojo Yankah’s admission of Mahama’s qualities indicate that John Mahama is “uniquely qualified” to contest again to become president.
“Mr. Kojo Yankah is a highly respected member of the Ghanaian society, and like all Ghanaians, he is entitled to express an opinion on another prominent Ghanaian’s position. There are others who have also expressed support and indicated that they are willing to assist the former president to become president of Ghana once again.”
“So I do not believe we should split hairs over this particular matter. Mr. Yankah actually heaped praises on John Mahama and described him in very pleasant terms. I will say that those attributes that he rightly identified as being evident in President John Mahama make him uniquely qualified to lead this country so if the man puts himself up to lead this country, I don’t believe that he should be discouraged.”
Mahama declares intent to contest
The former President in announcing his interest to run again for the high office, forwarded a letter of intent to the NDC, to contest the party’s primary expected to take place in December 2018.
The announcement has been met with mixed reactions, with members of the NDC, in particular, backing him firmly.
But critics of the decision are of the view that since Mahama has gone through the structures of the political ladder, his experience will be more beneficial now as a statesman and not a President.
Support from Regional Chairmen, MPs
The ten Regional Chairmen of the NDC also backed the candidature of Mr. Mahama for election 2020 before he had even made an announcement.
The ten regional chairmen, after a meeting at the time, issued a communique in which they urged the former President to consider running for the 2020 polls.
Ninety-four NDC MPs out of the Minority Caucus of 106 also endorsed Mr. Mahama as the flagbearer for the 2020 polls before his announcement.
Mahama not marketable for 2020
Meanwhile, a former Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ken Dzirasah has said the former Krowor Member of Parliament, Prof. Joshua Alabi who is also in the race to lead the NDC into 2020 is the best candidate to represent the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2020 elections.
According to him, it will be potentially difficult for the NDC to market the former President John Mahama who lost the 2016 elections.