NDC unfazed about potential leadership deficit

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is not worried about a potential leadership deficit in the party following former President John Mahama’s easy victory in the presidential primary.

In the event former President Mahama win the 2020 election for his second term, the party will have to find another flagbearer after 2024.

According to Kofi Attoh, Chairman of the NDC National Elections Committee, “anybody thinking about a successor to former President Mahama after 2024 is stretching himself a little too far, the concerns notwithstanding, there is a possibility of a successor ascending to the hierarchy of the party after his reign.

“There are about four million people who vote for NDC, there are too many people in the party to succeed former President Mahama than we can think of, since the party is willing to stick with him in the hope of an election 2020 victory despite poor performance in the 2016 elections.

 “Though there are clear indications, most of the executives and legislators in the party were in favour of a Mr Mahama presidency bid, the delegates voted on their own accord.

“If that is the feeling of the party, it is not a directive from Accra, if that is the feeling you get talking to those who voted and the MPs, then the aggregation is the feeling of the party but the executives do not come along,” Mr Attoh observed.

Former President Mahama secured 213,487 votes representing 95.23 per cent of the total votes cast in a field of six contestants including Professor Joshua Alabi, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra came second with 3,404 votes representing 1.52 per cent of total valid votes cast, Alban Bagbin, Second Deputy Speaker polled 2,301 votes representing 1.03 per cent of total votes cast, placing third and businessman Goosie Tanoh came fourth with 2,091 votes representing 0.93 per cent of total valid votes cast, Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, former Minister of Trade and Industry placed fifth with 1,447 votes representing 0.65 percent of total valid votes, Sylvester Mensah, former Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority placed sixth securing 934 votes representing 0.42 per cent of valid votes cast and businessman Alhaji Nurudeen Iddrisu placed seventh with 520 votes representing 0.23 per cent of valid votes cast. –

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