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General News of Saturday, 28 April 2018


God will choose flagbearer for NDC – Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama believes that God will select a right person to lead the opposition National Democratic Congress into the upcoming general election in 2020.

Although John Mahama has not yet declared his intention to contest, for the ticket yet, five NDC stalwarts have already announced their readiness to lead the party into the polls, including 2nd Deputy Speaker, Alban Bagbin and Prof. Joshua Alabi.

Addressing teaming NDC members in Kumasi today [Saturday] during the party’s Unity Walk, John Mahama said:

“God himself will choose someone to lead us. And I know that when that persons is selected, by the grace of God, we be victorious in the 2020 election.”

The party is currently organising elections for its branch executives nationwide and will later hold same for constituency executives, regional executives, national executives and subsequently elect a presidential candidate.
According to the former president, his focus at the moment is on contributing towards the party’s restructuring and healing process to make the NDC a stronger force in the elections.

Some supporters of Mr Mahama have consistently urged him to declare his intentions ahead of the next polls.

But he at a recent forum said:

“I’ve been focusing on the reorganization and so I have not made any intentions and I said rightly that if I declare that I will run or I won’t run it will have implications for the reorganization. If I say I won’t run, then it means that the number of people who will intensify their activity to become the presidential candidates would increase in tempo. If I say I will run, then it will also have implications on the reorganization exercise because then the focus will be the fact that I say I want to run so that is why I’m doing the things I want to do. As the immediate past leader who led the party into the elections of 2016 and we lost, I have a responsibility to make sure that the party is put back on its feet so that whoever leads it has a very good chance of taking us into victory. And that is my focus at the moment,” he added.

"Rawlings summons Asiedu Nketia, others over NDC election malpractices.”

In another development, former President Jerry John Rawlings on Friday expressed concerns over what he calls “reports of malpractices and abuse of process” in the party’s ongoing branch executive elections across various regions.

As a result of these allegations, Mr Rawlings summoned party Chairman, Kofi Portuphy, General Secretary Asiedu Nketia and Vice Chairman of the Council of Elders, Alhaji Iddrisu Mahama to his office on yesterday [Friday, April 27, 2018] to discuss the development.

Mahama while addressing the NDC supporters in Kumasi further called for calm in the ongoing branch executives election.