Coming Saturday, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) will stage its last event in the series of regional Unity Walks, in the Volta region, and sources tell The Republic that ex President John Mahama will make a big pronouncement.
According to the sources, Mr. Mahama, who has been headliner of the Unity Walks across the ten regions of Ghana will crown this last leg with an official announcement of his intent to run for the 2020 flagbearership of the party.
The Republic has heard that many party faithful have gotten wind of the impending declaration and are therefore trooping down from across the country to Aflao, the hosting town for the walk.
If President Mahama announces his intent to run for the flagbearership of the party it would pretty much settle the question of who leads the NDC into the 2020 election since the ex President is already under clamor from within the party to run again.
As the popular favorite, Mr. Mahama would be running against Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin, Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament and the MP for Nadowli Kaleo, Prof. Joshua Alabi, former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Mr. Sylvester Mensah, former CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority and Kweku Rickets Hagan, former Central regional Minister, who have all declared intent to run for the flagbearership.
Former Trades Minister, Dr. Ekwow Spio Gabrah, has said that even though he has interest in running, he would not run for Flagbearer if former President Mahama decides to run.
The ex President had apparently been ambivalent about running for the Flagbearership of the party again until only recently. Following the loss of the NDC to the NPP in 2016, his family had said that they had impressed on him not to run again.
However, in spite of the family position, many within the party kept exerting pressure on him to run for the flagbearership again. The pressure has since caught on with many Ghanaians who have been disgusted by rampant corruption and incompetence of the Akufo-Addo government, which had ridden on many grandiloquent promises to win power in 2016.
Recently, President Mahama gave a hint that he may run for the flagbearership again. A post on his Facebook timeline had indicated that he had acquiesced to pressure from within the party to run again.
“I want to congratulate the rank & file and executives of our party, the NDC, at all levels for the commitment and work rate we have put into our reorganization efforts.
“The zeal and determination of the average sympathizer of our great party is greater and miles ahead of what it was after the December 2016 Elections.
“We need to keep up with the momentum generated and follow the published timelines.
“To you the teeming supporters and sympathizers calling and requesting me to declare my intentions for the future, I wish to assure you today, that as a servant-leader, I have listened to your calls and reflected. I will not disappoint you even as we await the publication of the party’s guidelines for selecting a new leader.”
Even though the post was not a forthright declaration, the tone was understood by all with pro NPP newspapers panickily splashing banner headlines to the effect that Mahama has decided to run again.
Members of the ruling party also took cue and intensified attacks on the former President while supporters of the NDC jubilated.
The Republic understands that on Saturday, the hint will officially be confirmed into an official declaration in Aflao.