Former President John Dramani Mahama has staged a comeback as the flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) with a strong intention to win the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections to correct the wrongs of the past.
Mahama, in a video on Thursday, 23 August 2018 officially confirmed his decision to contest for the position of the flagbearer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
In the video explaining his decision to stage the comeback, Mr Mahama said: “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 write the wrongs of the past and to put an end to the cries of the people under the current dispensation.”
“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.
“I have taken into consideration, the groundswell of support, the never-ending calls and encouragement from a large section of our party elders, members of our party, supporters and Ghanaians, from diverse backgrounds.
He added: “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.
“Our collective victory in 2020 will end the increasing hardships, expand the base of our economy, create more sustainable jobs, ensure shared prosperity for all and pursue good governance including peace, unity and security.
“As a servant-leader, I have listened with deep respect to the elders of our party, to members of our party, and Ghanaians from all walks of life, and I am honoured to avail myself of truthful, transparent, selfless, unifying and dedicated service to the NDC and above all, to the good people of Ghana.”
Some contenders have already tendered in their letters of intension to contest and Mr Mahama completed the process by submitting his letter.
Former Presidential candidate contender. Dr. Kwesi Botchwey is said to be lacing his boots, while the former Majority/Minority Leader of the NDC in Parliament Alban Sumana Bagbin has made no secret of his interest in the NDC ?agbearership. Other strong contenders include Prof. Joshua Alabi and Sylvester Mensah-the former boss at the National Health Insurance Scheme(NHIS).
December 7, 2018, has been set aside by the party to choose the 2020 flagbearer.