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General News of Monday, 25 February 2019

Source: Peace FM

Mahama will make our work easier in 2020 - NPP Vice Chair

The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) says the victory of former President John Mahama gives them the assurance that they will retain power come 2020.

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) gave the former President a massive endorsement after winning the primaries by 95.24%.

Mahama garnered an overwhelming 213,487 votes representing 95.24 percent of the total votes to conquer six other aspirants.

Reacting to this in an interview on Citi FM, Vice Chairman of the NPP, Michael Omari Wadie said: “we are not worried. We are only excited because they choose him and it will make our work easier, and that will also give us the power for a little longer . . . we want to remain in power a little longer and as long as it is Mahama, it gives us the confidence that we are winning the next elections.”

Mahama Wins

262, 942 delegates had to decide between seven candidates, namely: Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Sumani K. Bagbin, businessman Alhaji Nurideen Iddrisu, former President John Dramani Mahama, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Mr Sylvester Adinam Mensah (Sly); former Trade Minister, Ekwow Mr Spio-Garbrah; Mr Augustus Goosie Tanoh and former Vice-Chancellor of University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi.

At the end of the day, John Dramani Mahama grabbed 213,487 votes representing 95.24% out of the total valid vote cast of 225,521.

He was followed by Prof. Joshua Alabi who managed only 3,404 votes representing 1.52% while Alban Sumani Kingsford Bagbin placed third with 2,301 representing 1.033%.

Goosie Tanoh, the founder of the defunct National Reformed Party, came fourth with 2,091 votes respectively representing 0.93%.

The former Trade and Industry Minister in the Mahama government, Ekwow Spio Garbrah received 1,447 votes which represent 0.65% of the total votes.

Mr. Sylvester Mensah and Nurudeen Iddrisu secured a paltry 934 of valid votes cast representing 0.42% and 520 votes representing 0.23% respectively.

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