A Deputy National Women’s Organiser aspirant of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Madam Araba Tagoe has termed the flagbearer aspirants contesting former president John Mahama do not pose any threat to the former president.
Instead, she said they are only “showcasing themselves” to delegates to see if they will have the chance of leading the party after Mr Mahama is no more.
The former Western Regional NDC Deputy Women Organiser was speaking to Kwame Minkah on ‘Ete Sen?’ on Radio XYZ on Monday when she observed that Mr Mahama has the greatest chance to lead the NDC into the 2020 general elections.
“They are just marketing themselves my brother,” she said in the fante dialect. “This issue [of flagbearer contest] means the seat is vacant, people think they should contest, they have done and are campaigning. That’s democracy,” she noted.
Asked if those contesting the former president were not known to the delegates already, the vociferous woman, without mentioning any candidate, said ”they [Mahama’s contenders] are outdooring themselves to be known so that if John Mahama is not around tomorrow, they will have the chance of leading the party.”
She went on to say the former president, who she has known from the time he was a deputy minister of communications, needs to come back to rescue Ghanaians from the “hardships” the Akufo-Addo administration has ushered Ghanaians into since the New Patriotic party (NPP) assumed power last year.
She went on to say, for four years Mr Mahama was a president, he embarked on developmental projects that were to transform Ghana’s economy until the NPP took over and started “messing the economy up”.
To her, the former president, who did not finish with his good works for Ghana, stands tall among all the candidates vying for the flagbearer position in the umbrella family, for which reason she has his picture embossed on her vehicle.
More than nine (9) persons have already written to the party officially to inform it about their intentions to lead the party for the 2020 presidential election.
Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Bagbin; a former Trade Minister, Mr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah; a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Mr Sylvester Mensah and a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Professor Joshua Alabi are in the race.
The others include businessman, Stephen Atubiga; banker and oil and gas consultant, Nurideen Iddrisu; Cape Coast South, MP Kwaku Ricketts Hagan; a private lawyer, Mr Elikplim Agbemava and Mr David Doste Kwame Kuwadah.