Politics Sat, 12 May 2018
Mr Augustus Owusu-Kwakye, former Tema East NDC constituency Secretary has appealed to aspirants of the NDC flagbearship to make former President John Dramani Mahama Godfather of their campaign in the event that he does not contest.“President Mahama’s ambivalence in the matter of declaring his intent to run is due to the fact that he is seriously contemplating not running, which I personally think will be a good decision.
“But that is not all, Mahama may also be dominating the media landscape, but on the ground.”
Mr Owusu-Kwakye, who was speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on prospective NDC candidates for the Presidential slot said in order to ensure that no cracks emerged in the front of the party during the 2020 campaigns, they should reserve that position for the former President to handle.
“Whether Mahama runs and loses or abstains from running, I think it will be in the interest of the NDC to make him our godfather for the 2020 election,” Mr. Owusu Kwakye said.
He called on the rest of the flagbearer hopefuls to commit themselves to such an arrangement so that in the event that any of them wins to become flagbearer, Mr. Mahama will provide character for the campaign.
“I want Mr Alban Bagbin, Dr. Ekwow Spio Gabrah, Prof. Joshua Alabi and Mr Sylvester Mensah to make a pledge to make former President Mahama their campaign godfather if any of them wins to become flagbearer.”
According to him, Mr Mahama had invaluable experience and charisma that would serve the party well if they were leveraged.
Mr Owusu Kwakye advised the party to close its ranks and nip lingering acrimony within its fold in the bud before it becomes too late.
He also urged former President Mahama to resist the temptation to lust after power saying the man has had his turn in the sun and should make way for someone else.
“President Mahama has seen it all; he has been an, MP, Deputy Minister, Minister, Vice President and President. I think its time for him to take a bow.”