A total of 94 National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament, out of the 106, have endorsed former President John Dramani Mahama to lead the party in the 2020 elections.
According to the leader of the 94 MPs, Edwin Nii Lantey Vandapuye, John Mahama is the only candidate who can lead the party to victory in the next polls.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of an event to rally support behind Sammy Gyamfi as NDC National Communications Officer, Nii Lante Vandapuye said John Mahama will surely wrest power from the NPP.
“I can tell you that we have 94 MPs who have faithfully and critically endorsed our former President, John Mahama, to be the candidate once again. This excludes our leaders. We decided to keep them off, but we are sure all our leaders will be supporting us soon.”
He explained that they have decided to endorse John Mahama because a lot of Ghanaians want him back.
“The grassroots of this country, the majority of Ghanaians are crying for John Dramani and as such it will be wicked on our part not to listen to the plea and cries of Ghanaians by giving them who they prefer. So we are bringing back John Dramani Mahama and we are very sure in our minds that Ghanaians will this time accept him and overwhelmingly vote for him to become the next president in Ghana in 2021,” he added.
The NDC is expected to select its presidential candidate in September 2018.
Although some members of the party have already declared their intentions of contesting the position, John Dramani Mahama is yet to declare his interest.
He however gave a hint in a Facebook post recently stating that: “…the teeming supporters and sympathizers calling and requesting me to declare my intentions for the future, I wish to assure you today, which as a servant-leader, I have listened to your calls and reflected. I will not disappoint you even as we await the publication of the party’s guidelines for selecting a new leader.”
Bagbin, others vie for NDC flagbearership slot
Several members of the NDC including Nadowli-Kaleo MP, Alban Bagbin, Dr. Spio-Garbrah, former NHIA boss, Sylvester Mensah, Joshua Alabi, former MP for La-Dadekotopon, Nii Amasah Namoale among others, have given indications they will contest the flagbearership position in the NDC.
NDC Chairmen ‘endorse’ Mahama for 2020
The 10 Regional Chairmen of the NDC in 2017 backed the candidature of John Dramani Mahama for election 2020, even before the latter announces his intentions.
The ten regional chairman after a meeting at the time issued a communique in which they urged the former President to consider running for the 2020 polls.