Members of the pressure group "Bring Back Mahama" have expressed joy towards the declaration by His Excellency John Dramani Mahama to contest as flagbearer for the National Democratic Congress and thanked him for heeding to the calls of a large section of Ghanaians.The former President sent a high powered delegation to inform the National Executive Committee of the NDC about his intention on Thursday, 23rd August, 2018.
In a statement copied to the media, the Bring Back Mahama group said they are happy because the country is in bad condition with serious hardship in all sectors at the moment with no signs to show that the New Patriotic Party governance can improve the lives of citizens.
Addressing sympathizers at his Cantonment office, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama said
"In coming to this firm decision, I have pondered deeply and soberly on the socio-economic and political landscape of our country today vis-à-vis the clear path we have started to build, aimed at positioning Ghana as a true middle-income country by modernising our dilapidated social and economic infrastructure and gradually inculcating in the Ghanaian, a sense of patriotism, self-belief and commitment to a one-Ghana agendum. I have taken into consideration, the groundswell of support, the never-ending calls and encouragement from a large section of our party elders, members of our party, supporters and Ghanaians, from diverse backgrounds.
I have prayed diligently about the task ahead and I believe I owe a duty to God, and my country, to take our great party back into government to right the wrongs of the past and to put an end to the cries of the people under the current dispensation.
The 2020 election presents our party, the NDC with a great opportunity to offer yet again, visionary leadership driven by a commitment to create opportunities for all our people, not just a few.
Our collective victory in 2020 will end the increasing hardships, expand the base of our economy, create more sustainable jobs, ensure shared prosperity for all and pursue good governance including peace, unity and security.
As a servant-leader, I have listened with deep respect to the elders of our party, to members of our party, and Ghanaians from all walks of life, and I am honoured to avail myself of truthful, transparent, selfless, unifying and dedicated service to the NDC and above all, to the good people of Ghana".