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botchway October 3, 2018


By Frederick E. Aggrey    .

In a repeat of history when 18 presidential aspirants vied for the flagbearer slot of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2008 elections, thirteen persons have, as at today, stated their intentions to contest for the presidential slot of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) towards election 2020.

Labelled as ‘Incompetent’ by the then Vice Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), now the current Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, during the 2016 electioneering campaign, the NDC seeks to solicit the mandate of Ghanaians in a bid to undo the wrongs which made them lose the immediate past elections.

Some personalities who have already communicated their intention to join the race include: the former President, John Dramani Mahama; the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin; a former Finance Minister, Dr. Kwesi Botchwey; former Deputy Finance Minister, Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, and a legal practitioner, Elikplim Agbemava.

The others include: a former Vice Chancellor of of University of Professional Studies, Prof. Joshua Alabi; former Minister of Trade Ekow Spio-Garbrah; former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority Sylvester Mensah; a former Mayor of Kumasi, Kojo Bonsu; Nurudeen Iddrisu; Stephen Atubiga; Goosie Tanoh, and David Dotsey Kwami Kuwadah.

The party is expected to hold its National Delegates Congress on November 8, 2018, in Accra to elect its national executives.

The party is also expected to hold its presidential primary on December 7, 2018 to elect the flagbearer for the upcoming 2020 polls.

It would also be recalled that the General Secretary of the NDC labelled the 18 candidates of the New Patriotic Party, then vying for the flagbearership race in 2008, as ’18 thieves’, saying “18 thieves are going to elect their chief thief.”

Some political analysts view the phenomenon of the large number of individuals vying for the presidential slot as worrying, claiming that it sends negative signals to the citizenry, especially in an era where corruption perception is at its peak.

The NPP, which learnt its lessons from the effects of many aspirants vying for the position, amended its constitution to avoid ‘overcrowding’ in subsequent flagbearership contests.

Ghanaians go to the polls to elect a president in 2020, in what analysts predict would be a heated contest.

History would be made if former President John Dramani Mahama is elected by the NDC as its flagbearer, being the first time a former President who ruled for one term will stand for the second time.


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