A former Deputy Speaker of parliament, Ken Dzirasah, has said it will be difficult for the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to market former President John Mahama to voters in his bid to be re-elected president in 2020.
According to him, the difficulty in marketing Mr Mahama stems from the NDC’s loss of the 2016 elections, which has informed his (Dzirasah’s) decision to back Professor Joshua Alabi for the slot.
As a result, Mr Dzirasah said he and fellow NDC stalwart Ambassador Victor Gbeho, have thrown their weight behind Professor Alabi’s campaign, describing him as the fresh face the NDC needs to unseat the New Patriotic Party.
“I would want to say that after several reflections about the way forward for the National Democratic Congress, myself and my big brother, Ambassador Gbeho, conducted a few investigations and came to the conclusion that the most marketable personality that could carry us into the year 2020 as a flag bearer is Professor Joshua Alabi,” Mr Dzirasah said in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM.
“We have found in the man a personality that has all it takes, his achievements, his attitude towards the party and a host of other things. Another fact of the matter is that we need to market somebody that can take us for eight years, so, we came to that conclusion”.
The former South Tongu MP also insisted that only a fresh face will enable the NDC to overturn the massive deficit by which it lost the 2016 elections.
“Let us not forget that we have come from the backdrop of about 800,000 votes if we want to recover and come to the surface before we start fighting for the 10 million plus one vote. I think that is a yeoman’s job and a fresh face will be a better opportunity for us to accomplish that”.
Team Alabi welcomes support
A member of Prof Alabi’s campaign team, Nii Amasah Namoale said they welcome the support from the NDC stalwarts and their confidence of his victory.
He said: “We are very happy and we have to thank these two members of the NDC… They have seen a good thing and are telling Ghanaians that everybody should rally around Professor Joshua Alabi… I am happy these eminent people are telling Ghanaians to know that when we bring Professor Joshua Alabi, 2020 will be very easy for us and we will get it (Presidency) for eight years.