North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has thanked former President John Mahama for declaring his intention to contest for the flag bearer slot of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
In a tweet, Mr Ablakwa said: “Defining Moment. Thank you John Mahama for the declaration. Vox Populi, Vox Dei – the voice of the people is, indeed, the voice of God. May the Lord guide your path and crown your efforts with success for it is He who chooses leaders.”
Mr Mahama, through Mr Daniel Ohene Agyekum, former Ambassador to the United States, presented his official letter of intent to run for the flag bearer slot at the party’s Adabraka headquarters on Thursday, 23 August 2018.
In a video explaining his decision to stage a comeback, Mr 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.
Defining Moment.— Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa (@S_OkudzetoAblak) August 23, 2018
Thank you John Mahama for the declaration.
Vox Populi, Vox Dei - the voice of the people is indeed the voice of God.
May the Lord guide your path and crown your efforts with success for it is He who chooses leaders. pic.twitter.com/U7E0LBgSrD
“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.”
He added: “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.”