General News of Monday, 14 May 2018
Former President John Dramani Mahama has indicated that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has the capability of taking back 50 seats it lost to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2016 general elections.
According to him, he has no doubt that the NDC will return to power after the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Speaking at the NDC’s maiden Conference of Ex-MMDCEs on Saturday, Mr. Mahama who is yet to declare his intention of running for the highest political office in the country told the former MMDCEs that with their help at the grassroots level, the party would surely return to the reins of government after the 2020 elections.
He said; “We count on you to help us at the lower level, the grassroots level to make sure that things go very well”, Mr Mahama charged the ex-MMDCes, adding: “We have the ability to capture more than 50 seats back from the NPP in the next elections if we handle ourselves well and if we’re to handle ourselves well and make this reorganisation effective, then you cannot exclude the role of DCEs at the grassroots level and I’m sure that with the zeal and the passion that I’ve seen in you today, nothing makes me doubt that by the grace of God, Insha Allah, we’ll win 2020 and come back into government”.
If he decides to run for president again, Mr Mahama would first have to scale the internal primary hurdle by contending with hopefuls such as Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Sylvester Mensah, Alban Bagbin and Prof Joshua Alabi, who have all expressed their interest in becoming the NDC’s 2020 flag bearer.