Former President John Dramani Mahama says his time spent in opposition has prepared him very well to lead the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to Election 2020.
Explaning, the former president said, about two years ago in December 2016, "I faced the solemn task of conceding an election, in sober acceptance of the verdict expressed by the good people of Ghana. At the end of an intense bruising contest, the people conferred the
"It was a hard thing to do, and it was a deeply humbling experience. I was sincere in my hopes that the new government will be successful in the great undertaking that was before them.
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"I still am, but I was gutted by the missed opportunity to see through an agenda that I genuinely believe will address the most intractable fundamental problems that belie our nation’s chronic difficulties."
Mr Mahama; Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin; former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra, Professor Joshua Alabi; and former Chief Executive of the National Health Insurance Authority, Sylvester Mensah are the four who filed their nominations forms on Monday to seek the mandate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to lead the party as flagbearer into elections 2020.
The submissions by the four, amidst some fanfare by their supporters, left Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, businessman Alhaji Nurudeen Iddrisu, Stephen Atubiga
Filing of nominations closes on Tuesday, December 18, according to a programme released by the party to guide the election of a flagbearer.
At the press conference after the filing,
"I found myself grateful to the almighty God who raised me up to those heights and to the people of this nation whose love and trust have been my constant strength through these great many years of public service.
"My brothers and sisters, I was at the crossroads in my life, the temptation of a return to private life was enticing, the promise of spending time with my family and close friends, a rare thing during those hectic years in office was a very welcome prospect and spending time away from the often vicious unforgiving enterprise of our national politics was equally very attractive, but in those many months of contemplation, I also rediscovered the first principles of my personal and political beliefs."
He said the tenets of his Christian faith re-assured him that day in day out "my God and
"And so after much deliberation, I believe that I am even better prepared now to carry the standard of the National Democratic Congress and the great political tradition for which it stands into the presidential election of 2020."