The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said it is unperturbed by the decision of former president John Mahama to stage a comeback in the 2020 election.
The acting Director of Communications for the NPP, Yaw Adomako Barfi in a Citi News interview said John Mahama will be no match for the NPP even if he wins his party’s primaries to be flagbearer.
He said the NPP is focused on delivering on its mandate and is certain that Mahama’s decision will not affect its chances of winning the upcoming election.
Adomako Barfi said, “we are not bothered at all. We are on sound footing and we are doing the right things. Ghanaians are the best judges so we are not worried. After all they have a lot of arsenal on them, Alban Bagbin has said Mahama’s coming is a bomb, looking at what Goosie Tanoh has said, looking at what Ken Dzirasah has said. I’m assuring Ghanaians that we are not disturbed at all and we are not even going to be disturbed because we have the mandate, and we need to deliver on the promises.”
John Mahama last Thursday officially declared his intention to contest in the party’s presidential primaries.
This is despite the fact that he led the party to one of its worse election performances in 2016 while an incumbent president.
Mahama’s decision, although anticipated, has left some party supporters surprised as they believe Mahama needed not after the humiliating defeat.
Others have however declared their support for John Mahama and welcomed his decision, indicating that he is the best among the about 11 flagbearer hopefuls to make a significant impression and possibly claim victory in the 2020 elections.
Support from Regional Chairmen, MPs
The 10 Regional Chairmen of the NDC also backed the candidature of Mr. Mahama for election 2020 before he had even made an announcement.
The 10 regional chairman, after a meeting at the time, issued a communique in which they urged the former President to consider running for the 2020 polls.
Ninety-four NDC MPs out of the Minority Caucus of 106 also endorsed Mr. Mahama as the flagbearer for the 2020 polls prior to his announcement.
The list of the MPs backing him was made public after he made his intention to contest public.
The 94 MPs welcomed the decision and promised to support Mahama’s campaign.
A statement from the MPs said: “As Members of Parliament, we would like to express our profound gratitude to His Excellency, John Dramani Mahama for hearkening to the cries of our Constituents which we presented to him when we met him four (4) months ago. Our Constituents had one simple message – President Mahama should avail himself to the people of Ghana to salvage the sinking ship under Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Today He has heeded the clarion call of the people and we are grateful.”