Deputy Communications Director for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Adomako Baafi says although he is not surprised former president John Mahama has hinted of joining the race to lead the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) ahead of 2020 elections, he believes Ghanaians will not vote him into power.
Speaking to Nana Yaa Oforiwaa Amanfo on Power News on Tuesday, the vociferous communicator said the progress the NPP-led administration under Nana Akufo-Addo has made after assuming office in 2017 indicate that Mr Mahama will be ignored.
Asked what will make Ghanaians lose interest in Mr Mahama, he said the track record of the former president in managing the affairs of Ghana is poor that Ghanaians have ditched him for the NPP.
“Why should they vote for him? So that he collapses the Free Senior High School programme, the school feeding programme and the National Health Insurance Scheme?” he quizzed.
He would not advise his fellow communicators to criticize or malign the former president, however, he urged them to propagate the good works of the ruling government for all Ghanaians to see.
Mr Baafi revealed the NPP really does not care of Mr Mahama’s candidature, neither would he say Mr Mahama will lose the polls.
To him, the NPP government has worked very hard in the last sixteen months to better the lives of Ghanaians and will focus on working for the people.
“We in the NPP have prepared so well,” he said while indicating Ghanaians have lost trust in the NDC.
Former President John Mahama hinted of his intention to lead the the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the next general elections, in a Facebook post on Saturday May 19,2018.
He said he was reflecting on calls by the party’s supporters and sympathizers to declare his intention to contest in the flagbearer race, saying he will “not disappoint” them as they await the publication of the party’s guidelines for selecting a new leader.
He added “The zeal and determination of the average sympathizer of our great party is greater and miles ahead of what it was after the December 2016 Elections. We need to keep up with the momentum generated and follow the published timelines…To you the teeming supporters and sympathizers calling and requesting me to declare my intentions for the future, I wish to assure you today, that as a servant-leader, I have listened to your calls and reflected. I will not disappoint you even as we await the publication of the party’s guidelines for selecting a new leader.”
Massive Win For Mahama
Meanwhile, former deputy Communications minister Edward Ato Sarpong has declared the former president will win the flagbearer race of the opposition NDC overwhelmingly.
Speaking on the Morning Xpress on Radio XYZ on Monday, May 21, 2018, he said former president John Mahama is the best candidate who can wrestle power from the ruling NPP government.
Citing his bold decisions and brilliant ideas for Ghana, Mr Sarpong indicated that the NDC will reward Mr Mahama with a huge support which will not be less than 90%.
“The best candidate for NDC going into the 2020 elections is H.E John Dramani Mahama,” he said.
“If nominations are opened today for a flagbearer to be elected for the NDC, I can put on record, and I’ll come back after the elections and say that His Excellency [John Mahama] will not get less than ninety percent of the votes, I’m telling you for a fact.”
He indicated that the former president is the best candidate for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), explaining that “he [Mahama] was on a journey, that journey was disrupted because a lot of people did not understand where we were going, a lot of people were interested in a consumption economy instead of an investment economy. They did not understand that what you consume today implies that you’ll be left with nothing for investment.
“The view of His Excellency, the president has been and will always be that, for any nation to transform, investment into the future is much more important and critical than consumption for today. Let’s think about tomorrow, let’s think about the unborn generation,” he said pointing to Mr Mahama’s style of governance as the one Ghana needs now.