Former President John Mahama has said that he has learnt his lessons from the defeat in the 2016 elections and is promising not to fail should he be given the chance once again.
Addressing the media and party members at the Trade Fair Centre on Monday, he said his decision to contest for the flagbearership role and subsequently the 2020 general elections was after broad consultations with elders of the party, political and religious leaders.
“I did not make the decision to enter the contest in isolation. I consulted broadly with all level of our party, from the grassroots who are our lifeblood, to the elders on whose shoulders I stand, I sought the wisdom of our chiefs and the counsel of our religious leaders”, he said.
He further said that all these leaders gave him the courtesy of offering him the frank, constructive critique of his own strengths and his past shortcomings as well as his administration and the party as a whole.
He said he respects the views of those who expressed some misgivings about his decision to re-enter the political contest, saying their advice was not lost on him, and that he intend to prove himself worthy of their confidence and to assuage their fears in the months ahead.
He therefore promised to work hard to justify the confidence reposed in him so far and to play by the rules of the elections.