General News of Mon, 21 May 201825
Unite to face Mahama – Ephson to Spio-Garbrah, others
Pollster Ben Ephson has advised members of the NDC seeking to lead the party in the 2020 elections to combine forces in order to put up a competent challenge to former President John Mahama at the party’s primaries.
The call comes on the back of the declaration by Mr. Mahama that he will contest the party’s primaries scheduled for November this year.
“The zeal and determination of the average sympathizer of our great party is greater and miles ahead of what it was after the December 2016 Elections. We need to keep up with the momentum generated and follow the published timelines.
“To you the teeming supporters and sympathizers calling and requesting me to declare my intentions for the future, I wish to assure you today, that as a servant-leader, I have listened to your calls and reflected. I will not disappoint you even as we await the publication of the party’s guidelines for selecting a new leader,” Mahama wrote on Facebook Saturday.
Former communications minister Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, former UPSA Vice-chancellor Professor Joshua Alabi, former NHIA boss Sylvester Mensah and 2nd deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin are among individuals who have declared interest in leading the umbrella family come 2020.
Speaking to Starr News, the Daily Dispatch newspaper editor said it is better for the candidates to form a united ticket against their former flagbearer.
“There are five of them maybe they can decide that let’s form a ticket that one will contest and one will be running mate. The more candidates they have the more advantageous it is for Mahama. They can get talking to see if they can join forces to beat Mahama,” Ephson said.
Mr. Mahama led the party in 2016 elections which saw them losing power to the NPP and president Akufo-Addo.