Politics of Thursday, 13 December 2018
Former president John Dramani Mahama says he wants to make history by becoming the first ex-president of Ghana to be re-elected into office.
According to him, although such a case is rare, it is very achievable with hard work.
Mahama made the statement on Tuesday during a meeting with some MPs of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“My brothers and sisters, I believe we can make history, and that is the history of the re-election of a person who was president before. It is a rare phenomenon,” he said.
“I believe the NDC will write a page in the history books of Ghana with the reelection of a person who has been president before.”
Mahama is part of seven other candidates who have filed their nominations to contest as flagbearer of the NDC come 2020.
However, the ex-president already has the support of 96 MPs, who helped him raise over GHc 600,000 for his nomination and filing fees.
The 60-year-old stressed that should he get re-elected as president, he will make sure he hits the ground running since he will have only one term to serve.
“When I do get elected, it will be for just one term, and so it must be an administration that hits the ground running and so a lot of the strategy and preparations must be done in advance of January 7, 2021, because that will be a government in a hurry,” Mahama stated.
“But that’s the history of NDC. We always have to do the heavy lifting and then when we have done the heavy lifting, things are stable, then these our opponents come in and then they enjoy a free ride and take us back to where we came from,” he added.
Meanwhile, the NDC will go to the polls to elect its flagbearer in January 2019.