Some Members of Parliament from the Minority side of the House, on Wednesday visited the office of the former President John Dramani Mahama to ‘force’ him to contest the next internal presidential contest and subsequently election 2020.
The Former President is torn between acquiescing to suggestions by his immediate family not to contest the 2020 elections and pressures from members of the opposition National Democratic Congress to lead the party into the next presidential election.
Eighty(80) out of the total of 106 National Democratic Congress (NDC) members of the seventh Parliament of Ghana have hinted of a possible protest against former president John Dramani Mahama, should he decide not to present himself or the next elections.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa South Constituency in the Upper East Region, and a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, Hon Clement Apaak who believe in John Mahama with 80 Members of Parliament including himself decided to visit him and make their intentions known to him that as a matter of necessity, he must lead the NDC in the next general elections in 2020.
“We told him [John Mahama] it was not negotiable and whether he likes it or not he will contest".
“. . . those of us who went believe that Mahama is the best person to lead us back into winning power . . . everyone is saying what they like and for us we say Mahama is the one we like . . . it was a private decision by those of us who believe in John Mahama and the fact that we expect him to come back and finish what he has started," Apaak stated categorically
“The rationale behind our visit was simple; it was to remind him that he has a course to accomplish’, he disclosed.
According to him, some of the remaining 26 MPs got angry with them for not involving them on their visit.
He added that though the Parliamentarians met his absence, they were able to convey their message through his Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah.