The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is uncomfortable with former President Mahama’s decision to contest the National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential slot slated for 1st December, 2018 and to subsequently lead the party to victory in 2020.
Comments from members of the NPP after his declaration suggest intrinsic fear and panic because the leadership of Mahama for the 2020 elections spells doom for the ruling party due to the deceit and lies used to trick Ghanaians to win power in the 2016 elections.
It was the prayer of Nana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the NPP that nothing should push Mahama to accept the plea of the grassroots hence the confusion they are confronted with after he submitted his letter of intent
The NPP campaign message for 2020 is challenged as Mahama’s choice at congress as the presidential candidate for NDC is in no doubt and considering his enviable achievements during his period, he will certainly be pivot for consideration by the electorates to elect the next president for Ghana.
Some NPP stalwarts claim Mahama’s choice will diminish the fortunes of NDC but that proclamation is not based on any scientific or empirical evidence but mere propaganda to dissuade NDC delegates from voting for him to minimize NPP’s electoral threat in 2020
A political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo, commenting on the declaration, described the Akufo-Addo led administration’s as betrayal of trust of the people who gave the NPP the mandate to rule.
According to him, government’s commitment to what they campaigned on is doubtful and accused the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of riding on lies to gain power.
He questioned why the NPP campaigned on specific issues but turned round to do the opposite, which he stressed, is very deceitful.
“Politicians in Ghana would lie and deceive to get political power and when power is granted by the people, they would use this same power to inflict hardships on the people,” he stated.
According to him, politicians in Ghana do not mean well. They are greedy. They are self-seeking, self-serving, self-perpetuating and self-aggrandizing cabals.
He attributed the perpetual deceit from politicians to the extreme partisan approach to issues in the country without due consideration to the merits and demerits.
“They would continue to take us for a ride because they know we are overly partisan. They know that we always wear partisan lenses that blindfold us in looking at issues objectively. They know that we will still support them even if they lie to us.”
“They know that we will still support them even if they steal from us. They know that we will still support them even if they come for our wives. They know that we will still support them even if they callously inflict hardships on us.”
Mr. Mahama, on Thursday, 23 August 2018, presented his official letter of intent to run for the flag bearer position ahead of the 2020 elections.
The letter of intent was submitted by stalwarts of the party to the national executives on Thursday led by Madam sherry Ayittey, former minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development. In the team were former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, Valerie Sawyer, Victor Smith and a host of MPs.
Former President Mahama in a video said, “I am happy to confirm that I have submitted my letter to the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress confirming my decision to contest the position of the flagbearer for the NDC when the party opens nominations later this year.”
He explained: “In coming to this firm decision, I have pondered deeply and soberly on the socio-economic and political landscape of our country today vis-a-vis the clear path we had started to build aimed at positioning Ghana as a true middle-income country by modernizing our dilapidated social and economic infrastructure and gradually inculcating in the Ghanaian a sense of patriotism, self belief and commitment to a one Ghana agenda.”
He said: “I have taken into consideration the grounds well 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,” adding “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.”
The former president said “our collective victory in 2020 will end the increasing hardship, 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 for truthful, transparent, selfless, unifying and dedicated service to the NDC, and above all to the good people of Ghana.”
“I want to congratulate the rank & file and executives of our party, the NDC, at all levels for the commitment and work rate we have put into our reorganization efforts.
“The zeal and determination of the average sympathizer of our great party is greater and miles ahead of what it was after the December 2016 Elections.
“We need to keep up with the momentum generated and follow the published timelines.
“To you the teeming supporters and sympathizers calling and requesting me to declare my intentions for the future, I wish to assure you today, that 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.”
Others party gurus who have expressed interest to contest and lead the party for the 2020 elections are Prof. Alabi, former Vice-Chancellor of the University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah; Ekow Spio Garbrah, former Trades and Industry Minister; Kweku Ricketts-Hagan; Cape Coast South MP and PNDC/NDC stalwart Goosie Tanoh.
The rest are Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin; Handyman Stephen Atubiga; private legal practitioner, Elipklim Agbemava; Mr. David Doste Kwame Kuwadah and a banker and oil and gas consultant, Nurideen Iddrisu.