Politics of Sun, 11 Dec 201616
Mahama to re-organise NDC for election 2020 - Jinapor
Deputy Power minister John Jinapor says President John Mahama main focus is to re-organise the NDC for the next elections in 2020 a crushing defeat in the 2016 general elections.
"I can tell you for a fact that the president's pre-occupation now will be to ‘re-organise’ the party” for the next general election, he said on Joy FM’s News analysis show Newsfile Saturday.
The Mahama-led NDC government was thumped at the polls last Wednesday losing out to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who secured 53.85% of the total valid votes cast. He won the popular vote in six of Ghana’s 10 regions.
While Akufo-Addo, 72, becomes the oldest president, Mahama becomes the first one-term president since Ghana returned to democratic rule in 1992.
His party’s majority caucus in parliament was slashed from 148 to 80 seats after results for 230 constituencies were declared. With 45 more seats yet to be declared, the NPP has won 150 so far in the 275-seat House.
In a post-election analysis on Newsfile, veteran journalist Kweku Baako Jnr. encouraged President Mahama to have another shot at the presidency.
“I like him. He will be the best ticket for the NDC in 2020, oh yes” Baako stressed. The out-going President will be 62 years in 2020.
“If he decides to compete, there is nobody who can compete with him,” Kweku Baako dismissed a potential challenge from contenders such as Trade minister Ekwow Spio-Garbrah who once contested the NDC's presidential primaries.
Mahama, now 58, became President after he narrowly defeated Akufo-Addo in 2012 by 325,000 votes. In a re-match in 2016, Nana Akufo-Addo got his revenge by a winning margin of more than one million votes representing about 10 percentage point difference.