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General News of Friday, 10 November 2017


Mahama responds to NDC regional chairmen ‘endorsement’

The former President, John Dramani Mahama, has responded to the ‘endorsement’ of his candidature by the ten regional chairmen of the party.

He stated that he considers it ‘premature’ to announce a decision on whether he would contest 2020 elections or not.

The former President, received the ‘endorsement’ of all the 10 regional chairmen of the party yesterday.

The ten regional chairmen also asked Mr Mahama to as a matter of urgency embark on a ‘Thank you’ tour across the country by expressing his appreciation to NDC members for supporting him during his tenure over the years.

This ‘endorsement’ has been roundly condemned by some members of the NDC who believe its a means of creating an uneven playing field for the other contestants.

But the office of the former President in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Joyce Bawa Mogtari and copied to stated that he still considers it too premature to announce such a decision.

Below is the full release:

The Office of HE John Dramani Mahama wishes to formally thank the Regional
Chairpersons Caucus of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for their fraternal visit on Thursday November 09, 2017, and also appreciate the opportunity to discuss a number of issues.

Given that the former president had always wanted to thank Ghanaians for their support and cooperation during his tenure as both Vice President and President of the Republic of Ghana, and as reiterated during the meeting he will discuss the timing of the requested Thank You Tour with the leadership of the Party.

On the issue of considering the request of party colleagues and supporters to lead the NDC to the 2020 Elections, HE John Mahama’s position, as stated in Cape Coast, remains that it will be premature to announce his decision whether or not to contest, in view of the ongoing reorganization efforts of the Party.

HE Mahama, during the meeting also stressed the need for the leadership of the Party across the structures- Branch, Constituency, Regional and National- to work towards educating supporters on the ongoing Branch reorganization activities and use the opportunity to build up the support base of the Party in the communities.

The former president further repeated his earlier call on all members of the NDC to focus on the ongoing restructuring and reorganization exercise while pledging his commitment and support for the process and the Party.

He also advised leadership of the party to continue to work towards establishing a level playing field during the upcoming internal party elections

Joyce Bawah Mogtari
Special Aide
Saturday Nov., 10, 2017.