Former President, John Mahama has officially expressed his interest to lead the National Democratic Congress (NDC) ahead of the 2024 general election.
That, he stated, would be based on the party allowing him to contest for the flagbearer ship position going into the elections.
“I will not be worried if the party decides to pick a different aspirant since its main focus is to win the elections in 2024 because my country has given me so much, educated me and made me who I am so if the party allows me to stand, I will not disappoint them”, former President Mahama noted.
He expressed his interest at a recent interview with Ugandan-based NBS television on the party’s preparation towards the 2024 elections among other issues and indicated that his main priority was winning the elections in 2024 but if someone else was chosen he would accept that.
“The main priority is winning the elections in 2024, but if the party decides that I or someone else should stand, it will all be fine with me so that together in peace, unity, harmony and cohesion the NDC will return to power in 2025,” the former president postulated.
With the NDC expected to elect its flagbearer for the 2024 elections in November this year, in accordance with the roadmap for its internal elections, one name that has popped up is Dr Kwabena Duffour, the former Minister of Finance, who is reportedly prepared to contest the position of the flag bearer with former President Mahama.
A recent report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) had also predicted a win for the NDC going into the 2024 general election however, it noted that the NDC could only achieve the feat by electing a fresh candidate besides former President Mahama, and suggested such and the next presidential and parliamentary elections are due in 2024 under constitutionally mandated terms limit, the incumbent President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cannot run for the third term.
It said former President Mahama, was reportedly considering running again, but expected the NDC to revatilise its prospects with a fresh candidate because the Unit’s baseline forecast was ongoing public dissatisfaction with slow pace of improvement in governance such as infrastructural development, job creation and easing corruption would trigger anti-incumbency factors and push the electorates to seek change.