It’s still not 'Spio-Garbah’s time' for president; NDC delegates affirm

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Mr Ekwow Spio Garbrah has failed once again in his bid to lead the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to a presidential election.

At Saturday’s flagbearer contest for the NDC, the delegates overwhelmingly endorsed former President John Dramani Mahama as their choice for Election 2020 much against Spio-Garbrah's campaign slogan of it is his time.

To the delegates, Mr Mahama's 95 per cent endorsement is a clear strong indication that it was still not Spio-Garbrah’s time.

Mr Spio-Garbrah had adopted the slogan, “What time is it, it is Spio Garbrah’s time.”

Given his stature in the NDC, he was expected to give Mr Mahama a stiff opposition, campaigning on the philosophy of the party needing a new face to run the race.

But it appears he will still have to do another waiting as delegates overwhelmingly endorsed his former subordinate turned boss.

Mr Mahama was a Deputy Communications Minister when Mr Spio-Garbrah served as a Communications Minister during the Rawlings regime (1997 - 2001).

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Mr Mahama became President and appointed Spio-Garbrah as Minister for Trade and Industry.

Spio-Garbrah, placing fifth in the contest of seven people conceded defeat Saturday evening even before the Electoral Commission declared the results of the election and congratulated Mr Mahama for the win.

Press Release

I have taken note of the provisional results being declared by the Electoral Commission around the country in respect of the NDC Flagbearership race as well as the outstanding performance by former President John Mahama.

I wish therefore to congratulate President John Mahama's performance on this resounding victory and to wish the NDC family a period of renewal, regeneration and unity leading to victory in 2020.

As we prepare collectively towards election 2020, it is my hope that the various campaign teams in this flagbearership contest can become fully integrated into an effective fighting force ahead of the next general elections.

The Spio-Garbrah campaign team wishes to thank the many individuals, institutions and organizations who played various roles in the support of our campaign.

In particular, I wish to thank all members of my campaign team and our regional coordinators, polling agents, and the many activists who worked hard for our campaign around the country as well as those who voted for me.

I hope that the values, ideas and energy which drove our campaign will continue to help in brightening the lives of many NDC members and Ghanaians in general.

I once again congratulate the John Mahama campaign team and look forward to the Party's victory in 2020.
Our journey remains Forward.

Long live NDC
Long Live Ghana
Ekwow Spio-Garbrah

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