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DITCH “ONE-TERM” MAHAMA, SPIO COUNSELS NDC

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National Democratic Congress flagbearer hopeful Ekwow Spio-Garbrah has insinuated that it would be a waste of time for the party’s delegates to vote for a candidate, such as John Dramani Mahama, who can be president for only one more term, should the party manage to wrestle power from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2020 general election.

National Democratic Congress flagbearer hopeful Ekwow Spio-Garbrah has insinuated that it would be a waste of time for the party’s delegates to vote for a candidate, such as John Dramani Mahama, who can be president for only one more term, should the party manage to wrestle power from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2020 general election.

 

According to the former Minister for Trade and Industry, the NDC will be making an unprecedented mistake if delegates votes for Mr Mahama just because they think he can beat Nana Akufo-Addo and make him a one-term president.

Dr Spio-Garbrah gave the caution in an interview on Onua FM’s Yen Sempa.

Larger interest

“Why must we vote for someone who can only serve one term? Why must we vote for [a] one-term person with only four years, while I have the potential to serve for two four-year terms?” he quizzed.

In voting for a flagbearer for the 2020 elections, therefore, Dr Spio-Garbrah urged delegates to consider the larger interests of the party. “Why must you struggle to uproot a party who has served for one term unprecedented and have someone who will also serve one term?”

On knowledge and experience, Dr Spio-Garbrah explained that the over 270, 000 delegates who will be voting must know that he stands tall among all the candidates.
“I’m older than all the aspirants. I became a minister before any of them became a minister. I have held more ministerial portfolios than them all, so I have more experience than them all,” he said, touting his credentials.

Ready for congress

The NDC on Wednesday announced the balloting order for the flagbearer election, with Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin getting the number one spot.

Nurudeen Iddrisu picked the second spot, with former President Mahama, Sylvester Mensah, Spio-Garbrah, Goosie Tanoh and Joshua Alabi settling for the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh spots, respectively.

The election, which was slated for Saturday January 26, had to be postponed to February 23 for the party to settle a court case brought against it by two aggrieved members.

Abdallah Issah and James Kabu Nartey-Oman sued the NDC in December over the guidelines governing the presidential primary.

Meanwhile, an Accra high court, presided over by Justice Mensah Datsa, has adopted the terms of settlement in the case, in which the two aggrieved party members secured an injunction to stop the presidential primaries.

The court had granted a request by the NDC to settle the matter out of court and bring the results to court.

In a related development, NDC acting director of elections Bede Ziedeng has given his assurance that the elections will be conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner, without any let or hindrance.