Former President John Dramani Mahama and his siblings, have distanced themselves from candidates in the race for various executive positions of the main opposition National Democratic Congress’s (NDC).
There have been reports that Mr Mahama has called various individuals telling them he doesn’t have a favourite in the contest, especially those of the National Chairman being contested by Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo the incumbent and the his challenger, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, who is moving up the ladder after 17 years as General Secretary.
According to The Herald’s insiders, the ex-President, who is seeking his fourth appearance on the presidential ballot paper as NDC’s flagbearer, would want the party to go into the 2024 general election as a very united party, and he wants to be seen as nonaligned to any of camps.
Same with his wife, Lordina Mahama, whom some aspirants wanted to use to obtain financial support, as well as persuade delegates who would be at the December National Congress.
Mr Mahama and his wife, have in the past been linked to some individuals who vied for various national positions, leaving both the victors and the vanquished bitter and angry at the couple, especially Mr Mahama.
Such individuals are known to have schemed against him or acted as moles for his political opponents, especially the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Other bitter party bigwigs, have also been seen gathered around Mr Mahama’s challenger, Dr Kwabena Duffour, who served as Finance Minister under the late President John Evans Atta Mills and onetime, Governor of the Bank of Ghana under President Jerry John Rawlings.
According to E. A. Mahama , reports reaching the family, has it that some persons are associating the names of the family members with some specific candidates in the NDC race.
The family issued this denial in a statement dated November 11, 2022, and signed by Rafik Mahama, the secretary to the family.
Meanwhile, the President Mahama has donated GHS1, 953,000 to support the conduct of the party’s constituency and regional internal elections.
The donation is made up of an amount of GHS853,000 to the national party leadership for the organisation of regional election conferences across the country and an amount of GHS1,100,000 to the Electoral Commission to clear the debt owed by the party in respect of the just-ended constituency elections of the party.
“The party is most grateful to His Excellency and his generous sponsors for coming to the assistance of the party at this crucial time”, a statement signed by the NDC’s National Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi said.