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Election 2020: MAHAMA FEARS AKUFO-ADDO…Banks Hopes on 2024

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The Daily Statesman is reliably informed that former President John Dramani Mahama has finally confirmed his decision to run again for the presidency, following the completion of the Unity Walk his campaign team, including Kofi Adams, orchestrated as the platform to test the ‘pulse’ of the opposition National Democratic Congress.

The Daily Statesman is reliably informed that former President John Dramani Mahama has finally confirmed his decision to run again for the presidency, following the completion of the Unity Walk his campaign team, including Kofi Adams, orchestrated as the platform to test the ‘pulse’ of the opposition National Democratic Congress.

 

At a meeting with his team, Mr Mahama reportedly said he was not only focusing on the 2020 elections, which he fears he will lose to the incumbent President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, but especially on the 2024 elections, which he believes could offer him a better chance of returning to the presidency.

The confirmation of his decision to run for the presidency again, we are informed, was partly triggered by the assurance from his campaign team to use any means possible, especially through monetary inducements, to secure him a resounding victory in the party’s flagbearership contest. Mr Mahama needs that to ‘confirm’ he commands overwhelming support in the NDC.

The former president is said to have built a very strong ‘war chest’, ostensibly unmatched in the political history of the country since the return to constitutional rule in 1992, from which those who matter in the NDC’s flagbearership contest could be somewhat compromised.

With the highly ‘monetized’ nature of presidential primaries, especially with the opposition NDC in view of the limited number of the Electoral College, political watchers believe none of the people who have declared their intentions to challenge Mr Mahama for the presidential slot can torpedo his ‘presidential’ ambition, at least at the party level.

Those who have publicly declared their intentions are Ekow Spio-Garbrah, former Minister for Trade and Industry; Sylvester Mensah, former CEO of National Health Insurance Authority; Joshua Alabi, former MP for Krowor and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies; and Alban Bagbin, Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament and MP for Nadowli.

The paper is also reliably informed that former (P) NDC Secretary/Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Kwesi Botchwey, is expected to make a strong case for the 2020 presidential slot of the opposition party.

Senior NDC cadres, who support his bid, and are putting pressure on him to step forward, include party Regional Chairmen and former MPs.

They have confirmed reports that Dr Botchwey is warming up to join race “at the right time,” citing his economic prowess and credentials, his cross-sectional appeal and unblemished track record as ‘great assets’ for the party.

Meanwhile, some leading members of the NDC are cautioning the party against any temptation to return former President Mahama as the presidential candidate for the 2020 general elections, in view of the corruption tag around his neck which they consider to be a huge liability for the next electioneering campaign.

Daily Statesman has also learnt that the corruption tag is damaging the former President’s campaign efforts so much so that his initial support base on the ground, partly fuelled by cash, is dwindling, with quiet defections into other camps.

Mustapha Mohammed Tahiru Ayariga, NDC Vice Chairman in Asawase, and Alhaji Ibrahim Ali, alias Dan Baba, a leading party member, believe the 2020 campaign will be dominated by corruption, and therefore want the party to present a candidate who is “not dogged by corruption.”

“As the 2020 campaign will be dominated by corruption, NDC will do itself a lot of good if it presents a candidate not dogged by corruption,” Alhaji Ali was quoted by the GNA to have said.