General News of Friday, 7 December 2018
A flagbearer hopeful of the opposition NDC, Elikplim Agbemava has announced his decision to give up his ambitions of leading the NDC into the 2020 elections.
In a statement signed by himself, the Lawyer by profession indicated his resolve to join the team of Former President Mahama as he represents the hope of majority of party faithful.
“In the circumstances, I will not be picking up nomination forms by the deadline set by the National Executive Committee. I encourage my campaign team and all supporters to submit to the vision of the GO4JM Campaign for total and a resounding victory of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2020” the statement contained.
Elikplim Agbemava attributed his change of heart to the result of a wider consultation he embarked on.
Elikem Agbemava was one of about eight other flagbearer hopefuls who failed to pick up nomination form when the dates were earlier announced.
There was widespread condemnation about the cost of the filing fees charged by the party resulting in a downward review from GHC400, 000 to GHC300, 000 and a review of timelines for the party’s congress to elect a flagbearer.
Despite the extension given for flagbearer hopefuls to pick up the forms, Elikplim Agbemava has thrown in the towel and announced support for John Mahama.
Below is the full detail of the press statement.
I wish to announce that after much soul searching, prayer and consultations with well-meaning Ghanaians, loved ones and family I have decided to abate my push for the presidency come 2020 and throw my weight behind His Excellency John D. Mahama.
I know this is very much unexpected. However, there is much wisdom in taking this decision. It is also in line with the majority of the views in our great party that he is the best person to lead us into battle come 2020.
Beyond that, our own future vision and ambitions must be anchored on a broad-based support that will make it easy to unite the party when it is time for us to lead.
In the circumstances, I will not be picking up nomination forms by the deadline set by the National Executive Committee. I encourage my campaign team and all supporters to submit to the vision of the GO4JM Campaign for total and a resounding victory of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2020.
I will like to thank God for His direction at every step of the way and express my profound gratitude to the National Council of Elders, the National Executive Committee, Friends ( far and near) #FriendsofEli2020 and my entire family for the various roles played in this short but momentous campaign to lead the youth of GHANA into a prosperous future. The future is bright and we will lead at God’s appointed time.
ELIKPLIM L. AGBEMAVA