Former President John Dramani Mahama has emphasised that it would be premature for him to make known if he has any intention to contest the 2020 presidential election.
He was reacting to calls on him by all the ten regional chairmen of the National Democratic Congress to consider leading the party into the next general election.
The chairmen had issued a communiqué after a meeting with Mr. Mahama on Thursday where they “discussed a number of issues”. READ MORE
But a statement issued by Joyce Bawah Mogtari, Special Aide to the former president, on Friday suggests he is more interested in the rebuilding of the party for now.
“On the issue of considering the request of party colleagues and supporters to lead the NDC to the 2020 Elections, HE John Mahama’s position, as stated in Cape Coast, remains that it will be premature to announce his decision whether or not to contest, in view of the ongoing reorganization efforts of the Party.”
The former president, the statement said, also “advised leadership of the party to continue to work towards establishing a level playing field during the upcoming internal party elections”
The ten regional chairmen also entreated him to embark on a thank you tour after losing the 2016 elections to the incumbent president, Nana Akufo-Addo.
“Given that the former president had always wanted to thank Ghanaians for their support and cooperation during his tenure as both Vice President and President of the Republic of Ghana, and as reiterated during the meeting he will discuss the timing of the requested Thank You Tour with the leadership of the Party,” the statement from Mr. Mahama’s office said.
According to the statement, the former president, during the meeting also stressed the need for the leadership of the party across the structures – Branch, Constituency, Regional and National- to work towards educating supporters on the ongoing Branch reorganization activities and use the opportunity to build up the support base of the party in the communities.
By Isaac Essel | 3news.com | Ghana