General News of Thursday, 14 December 2017
Member of Parliament (MP) for Nadowli/Kaleo constituency, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, has given the strongest indication he will enter the flagbearer contest of the party and emerge victorious ahead of the 2020 polls.
Though the party is yet to officially outdoor its time table announcing the processes tailored at choosing a torch bearer for the contest in 2020 after its painful defeat at the 2016 polls, the longest serving lawmaker sees himself as the obvious choice.
“I am a winner….you know I am a winner. When I imbibe on something, I commit everything to it and with the support of the almighty God I always win. I don’t fail in what I do and I am sure of winning this primaries”, he disclosed in an interview.
He admitted that he will put himself up to be elected and is optimistic he will win the contest considering his stature and contributions to the growth of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
There are reports that that Former Ministers of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah; Employment and Labor Relations, Haruna Iddrisu; Roads and Highways; Innusah Fuseini; Education, Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang; Foreign Affairs, Hannah Serwah Tetteh; Trade and Industry; Dr Ekow Spio Gabrah; Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, former Minister of State and Mahama Ayariga, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovations, are all reported interested in leading the NDC into the 2020 election.
Others reported to be interested in leading the party after Mr Mahama’s reign include former Ministers of Youth and Sports, Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuije; Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur; former Brong Ahafo Minister, Eric Opoku; former Central Regional Minister; Kwaku Rickett Hagan; former Minister of State at the presidency, Rashid Pelpuo; and former majority leader and now 2nd deputy Speaker of Parliament; Alban Kingsford Sumane Bagbin.
The likes of immediate past Senior Policy Adviser and Head of Presidential Delivery Unit, Dr Valerie Sawyer; former MP for La Dadekotopon; former Chief Executives of NHIA, Sylvester Mensah; COCOBOD’s Dr Stephen Opuni; Eco Medical Village’s, Dzifa Aku Ativor; 1st vice Chairman of NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo; former Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia; MP for Klottey Korle; Dr Zanetor Rawlings; Anlo MP; Clement Kofi Humado and former vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur were also reported to be interested in the slot
Others have however denied the claims and indicated they will throw their support behind the best candidates.