John Dramani Mahama, who is aspiring to be presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has promised to institute investigations into the killing of eight (8) persons during the 2020 elections.
He has therefore assured the families of all who lost their lives during the tragic incidents not to despair.
“Insha Allah, when we come into office, we will investigate the killings, bring the perpetrators to face the law and pay the appropriate compensations”, Mr. Mahama announced during his campaign in the Techiman North Constituency which witnessed some of the killings.
The eight lost their lives tragically, from gunshots, allegedly fired by military personnel during the 2020 election by soldiers and policemen were captured in videos shooting into the crowd of party supporters and ordinary onlookers killing them in a manner akin to the 1976 shooting and killings of Soweto students during the apartheid era in South Africa.
Mr. Mahama is in the Bono East Region to meet delegates of the party ahead of the NDC May 13, 2023, presidential primaries.
Though considered the front runner and party officials asking him not to campaign, the former president has decided to visit all 275 constituencies and interact directly with the branch and constituency executives.
He has since nominations were opened by the party, launched his campaign, and toured the Volta Region. He is currently on a two-day tour of the Bono East Region and will continue to the Bono and Ahafo Regions.
Ex-President Mahama reiterated his call on executives of the NDC across all levels of the party to work hard between now and December 2024 to ensure that the NDC’s victory in the polls is emphatic.
Addressing branch and constituency executives on the first day of his campaign in the Bono East Region, Mr. Mahama said “Ghanaians are looking up to us, the NDC, to win power and save them from their present predicament of hardship, high living cost, lack of critical infrastructure in their communities among others”.
Mr. Mahama who is campaigning to lead his party to the next election told his audience in many of the constituencies visited that he will “work hard for Ghana and the people of Ghana” when elected President in 2024.
The John Mahama Campaign on Friday visited a total of six (6) constituencies to meet and interact with the branch and constituency executives.
He is, today, visiting the remaining five constituencies before heading to the Bono Region on Sunday.
He charged the executives to own not only his flagbearer campaign, but also the 2024 campaign, restating his advice to regional and constituency executives to ensure fairness and transparency in the distribution of party resources and campaign materials to the branches.
“I know you will vote for me, and I thank you all. I will also work hard and with you to campaign effectively for our 2024 victory. I will provide the materials and logistics needed, but please let’s send them to the branches when they come. That is where the work is”, he advised.
The aspiring NDC leader also called for a careful selection of competent polling agents and for extreme vigilance to ensure that the ballots are protected until the results are counted and declared.
“Our success at the polls will depend on our work at the polling station.”
Constituencies visited on day one includes Kintampo North, Kintampo South, Nkoranza North, Nkoranza South, Techiman North, and Techiman South.