The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako, a.k.a Chairman Wontumi, has welcomed the intention of former president John Mahama to contest the flagbearership race of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), saying his eventual return to the presidential contest will not pull any surprises for the main opposition NDC in 2020.
To him, presenting former President John Mahama as a candidate on the ticket of the NDC in the 2020 general elections makes no difference and won’t change the NDC’s defeat in 2016.
“For former president Mahama to submit a letter of intent to contest the party`s flagbearership and eventually contest the 2020 elections, the value is the same, as it happened in the 2016 elections, so shall it happen again the 2020 elections,” he said.
Speaking to Kweku Owusu Adjei, host of Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa Fm, he [Wontumi] recounted a litany of failed promises and allegations of corruption that took a centre stage of John Mahama`s reign as president.
“What do we remember Mahama for? We remember him for his lies, when he told us he will make the national Health Insurance a onetime premium and failed to deliver on it, also when he told us the guinea fowls have flew to Burkina Faso, so his coming back is not something new to us at all” he said.
According to him, base on the track record of John Mahama during his era as president, presents electorate the opportunity to reject him outrightly and rather find a more fulfilling candidature like Nana Akufo – Addo.
Former President John Dramani Mahama yesterday, 23rd August, 2018 formally declared his intention to contest the National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential primaries.
His letter of intent was presented to the general secretary of the party on his behalf by a delegation led by Former Ambassador, Daniel Ohene Agyekum at the NDC headquarters in Accra.
Others members of the delegation included former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, Valerie Sawyer, Ambassador Victor Smith, Inusah Fuseini and a host of Members of Parliament.
Mr. Mahama joins other high profile candidates within the NDC including the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah, and Nadowli Kaleo MP, Alban Bagbin.
Other candidates are Dr. Ekwow Spio Garbrah; a former Trade and Industry Minister; Former Vice Chancellor of the University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi, and Cape Coast South MP Kweku Ricketts-Hagan.
The NDC has slated December 7, 2018, for the election of its flagbearer for the 2020 presidential election.