John Mahama and NDCs petition hearing are still ongoing but no matter the outcome, it looks like the former president will be the party’s flagbearer in 2024.
President John Dramani Mahama left office in the late hours of January 6, 2017 after losing to incumbent president Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo in the 2016 General Elections.
The 2020 General Elections did not end peacefully as NDC is in court trying to present a case with the hope that certain decisions made by the Electoral Commission (EC) may be overturned by the Supreme Court which would restore them to the seat of government.
In an interview on Akoma FM (a radio station based in Kumasi) which was keenly monitored by “The Punch Ghana”, former Asokore Mampong Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Alhaji Nuru Hamidan said that “We will fight Alban Bagbin if he dares contest John Mahama.” Mr. Bagbin is the current Speaker of Parliament having assumed this position in the second term of the Akuffo-Addo administration.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is making a case in court but have another eye on the next elections which could see several candidates contest the former president due to his losing streak.
Mr. Hamidan further reiterated that President Mahama has done well by holding up the party’s brand in difficult times and ousting him for another candidate would cause divisions in the party.
Only time will tell if President Mahama would be given a third chance just like NPP did for Akuffo-Addo.
It will be extremely interesting to see who the party nominates but whatever happens, the next election would cause tensions within all parties as NPP will also have to find a new flagbearer to challenge President Mahama or any candidate who will be presented by the NDC.