Former Ghana president Mahama declares intent to contest 2020 election

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's former President John Dramani Mahama, who lost the 2016 election to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is staging a come back as he took the first step on Thursday to contest the 2020 presidential vote by sending a letter of intent to contest the flagbearership race of his party.

His agents submitted the letter to the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, at the party's headquarters in Accra.

The former president criticised the performance of the present government and said his bid for the presidency is to win and put an end to the cries of the population.

"In coming to this firm decision, I have pondered deeply and soberly on the socio-economic and political landscape of our country today vis-à-vis the clear path we have started to build, aimed at positioning Ghana as a true middle-income country by modernising our dilapidated social and economic infrastructure and gradually inculcating in the Ghanaian, a sense of patriotism, self-belief and commitment to a one-Ghana agendum."

Mahama said he took into consideration, "the groundswell of support", the never-ending calls and encouragement from a large section of the party elders, members of the party, supporters and Ghanaians, from diverse backgrounds.

"I have prayed diligently about the task ahead and I believe I owe a duty to God, and my country, to take our great party back into government to right the wrongs of the past and to put an end to the cries of the people under the current dispensation," he said.

"The 2020 election presents our party, the NDC, with a great opportunity to offer yet again, visionary leadership driven by a commitment to create opportunities for all our people, not just a few," he added.

The former president will easily win the party's flag bearer ticket but will find it tough to unseat President Akufo-Addo, who will most likely be the ruling New Patriotic Party's candidate in 2020.

NDC members who have declared their intention of contesting the flag beaer race include Alban Bagbin, a parliamentarian; the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah; former Trade and Industry Minister, Dr. Ekwow Spio Garbrah; and former Vice Chancellor of the University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi.
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23 august 2018 15:29:08

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