The reelection of John Draman iMahama at the presidential primaries of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has thrown the New Patriotic Party (NPP) into chaos with bigwigs of the governing party, giving conflicting signals as to how the ex-president, should be held and treated.
While, some see the re-election of Mr Mahama as a good omen for the NPP because he was beaten in 2016, hence must not be taken seriously, others believe that Mr Mahama is not a walkover, but a formidable contender in the 2020 Presidential contest and could upset the NPP.
While the National Third Vice Chairman of the NPP, Michael Omari Wadie, says the election of ex-President Mahama makes a win for the NPP even easier in the 2020 polls, the NPP National Organizer, Sammy Awuku, insists Mr Mahama will not be treated as a “cheap” candidate in 2020.
Former President Mahama was overwhelmingly endorsed by delegates of the NDC as the Party’s flagbearer for the 2020 general election on Saturday, February 23, 2019 during the party’s primaries with a wide margin.
Mr Mahama, who lost the 2016 national elections to NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo, obtained 95.24 percent of the total valid votes cast to beat six other contestants.
Speaking on Accra-based Citi FM after Mahama’s decisive win over the weekend, Omari Wadie, explained it would be easy for the NPP to defeat him in the 2020 elections.
“We are not worried. We are only excited they chose him because it will make our work easier and that will also give us the power for a little longer than the [usual] 8 years. We want to remain in power a little longer and as long as it is Mahama, it gives us the confidence that we are winning the next elections.”
The leadership of the party, however, expressed their confidence in John Mahama to lead the party into the 2020 polls and successfully win power from the incumbent President, Nana Akufo-Addo.
Members of the NDC believe John Mahama stands a chance against Akufo-Addo who beat him in the 2016 elections.
According to Sammy Awuku, the former president who will be seeking the return to the presidency, will be a threat to the NPP after calling on his party members to desist from thinking that “Mahama will be a cool chop for the NPP”.
Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen, Monday, February 25, 2019 – Sammy Awuku, noted that the NPP will beef up its campaign strategy ahead of the 2020 election.
“We will work times two of what we did in 2016. We will touch on all what we couldn’t do and talk more on our achievement and what we are capable of doing for the country,” he said.