…Says ‘Ignore posters of unofficial presidential aspirants’

The National Executive of the National Democratic Congress has advised party members to disregard rumors or statements being made or issued out by certain individuals and groups within the party concerning an ongoing contest for the presidential slot of the party for 2020.

The hierarchy of the largest opposition party in the country says the search for a suitable person to lead the NDC to victory in 2020 has not yet started and, for that matter, posters and other statements purported to hype the euphoria around such process should be ignored.

Speaking during an interview with this paper, the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, disclosed that all efforts are now channeled into getting the party well restructured and united to enable it to position itself well for victory in 2020 election.

He mentioned that the Prof. Kwesi Botchwey Committee, tasked with finding the root cause of the NDC defeat in the 2016 elections, is expected soon to present its findings in a report to the executives of the party for serious consideration and implementation of key recommendations that would boost the fortunes of the party.

He confirmed that he has heard about the intention of certain leading members of the party to contest for the leadership position of the party, but stressed that since official nomination for the position has not been opened such rumors and speculations should not be entertained by party members.

In recent weeks names, including  former ministers of Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah; Employment and Labor Relations, Haruna Iddrisu; Roads and Highways; Trade and Industry; Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah; Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur; former MP for La Dadekotopon, Nii Amasah Namoale; and former vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, and now 2nd Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Kingsford Sumane Bagbin, have emerged as potential candidates whose constituents are rooting for them in the upcoming NDC presidential race.

Even though there has not been any clear indication as to whether the former president, John Dramani Mahama, would contest the flagbearship position of the party again, efforts by some members of the party, including the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Akwatia constituency in the Eastern Region, Baba Jamal, are rooting seriously for the former president to the extent that they have threatened to lead a demonstration against former President John Mahama if the latter decides not to contest for the presidency again.
According to the former deputy general secretary of the NDC, former President John Mahama is the obvious choice for the opposition NDC in the 2020 Presidential race and that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is not prepared to start from the scratch by introducing a new Presidential Candidate in the 2020 elections as the party is poised to take over power from Nana Akufo-Addo’s government in 2020.



Source: / Nana Appiah Acquaye

The Republic News Online

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