Former president John Dramani Mahama has flawed his opponents and showed them their level with a momentous win at the just ended National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential priamaries.
The elections held on Saturday, February 23, saw the 2018 presidential candidate for the NDC, John Mahama amass 213, 487 votes, representing 95.23% of the total votes cast to become the flagbearer for the party for the third time.
Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi came second with 1.52%, gunning 3, 404 votes, while Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin gained 1.03%, having had 2, 301 votes to place third.
With 2, 091 votes, which is 0.93% of the total votes cast, the International Business man, who doubles as a politician and former leader of the National Reform Party, Goosie Obuadum Tanoh placed fourth. Former Trades Minister, Ekow Spio – Gabrah, Sylvester Mensah and Nurudeen Iddrisu managed 1457 votes (0.650%), 932 votes (0.415%) and 513 votes (0.231) to place fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.
Addressing the party shorty after the Electoral Commission had declared him winner of the polls, presidential candidate for the opposition party, NDC, John Mahama, called on all party members to shy away from tendencies that will cause divisions within the party.
He also encouraged party members to trust each other, saying, “it is my hope that we will work together and eschew all attempts to divide us. Let us trust each other and let us not believe the kind of stories we circulated creating an impression that we are against each other”.
Expressing the party’s readiness to rescue power from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Mahama made these comments, “tonight I want to serve notice to Ghana that from the outcome of this election, the NDC is strong. The NDC is united. The NDC is poised for victory in 2020. And nothing, absolutely nothing will stop our march towards Flagstaff House”.
Meanwhile, opponents of the election have conceded defeat and congratulated John Mahama for his “comfortable win” as leader of the NDC for the 2020 National elections . Prof. Alabi who has admitted that, the margin of victory for John Mahama was too huge.
To him,the margin of victory indicates, the former president has won. Stating that, he’s called to congratulate his opponent, the former Vice Chancellor of UPSA had made these comments on Citi TV, “I have called to congratulate him; We just cracked jokes and I told him that the gap was too much and that he shouldn’t have done that.
“How do you go into a contest and expect such gap; then you wouldn’t have wasted your time and money. I am not disappointed. When you are going into a contest; you should know that there is that possibility of losing so you plan for that,” – Prof. Alabi augmented in his statement.
Adding his voice to the victory chalked by the 2020 candidate for the NDC, Member of Parliament for Ellembelle Constituency and former Energy Minister, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, attributed the to the level of confidence the party has reposed in John Mahama and his track record.
He noted, “the victory shows that his track record is visibly held high by the party and untainted in the hearts of NDC members. “His ability to unite the NDC family going into the 20-20 general elections, will be manifested as the party gears towards recapturing power to restore hope in the country” – Armah Buah, added.