The chances of Former President John Dramani Mahama is likely to be thwarted by Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah.
The former minister of trade and industry and Ghana’s ambassador to the US under the John Mahama and JJ Rawlings administrations respectively recently officially announced his willingness to contest the NDC’s flagbearer position.
Following that, his popularity within the rank and file of the party including the grassroots have overwhelmingly increased to the detriment of the former president who is also vigorously campaigning to lead the party.
At the party’s conference held on Saturday at Gomoa Nyanyano to elect its women and youth organizers, the astute politician was given a very rousing welcome amidst chants.
The party’s grassroots welcomed him to the grounds with an energetic chant as they screamed amidst drumming and dancing.
They could be heard singing, “NDC we are coming back with Spo-Garbrah, Nana Addo, one term, Spio-Garbrah one touch”
Meanwhile, Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah has enumerated a seven-point agenda to galvanize and transform the National Democratic Congress which includes strengthening the grassroots base, women and youth wings, establishing a committee to assist members with entrepreneurial skills and others.
He has promised to connect the ordinary members to the party since it is believed that most of the party’s members were detached from the party which resulted to a voting apathy in the 2016 elections resulting to the party’s humiliating defeat.
He took an active part in the party’s reorganization tour and is still working closely to ensure that the party is unified.
Former president Mahama
Following the demise of former president Mills, John Mahama who was the then vice president replaced him as the president and was later unanimously accepted by the NDC to be placed on the ballot for the 2012 elections.
He beat the then-candidate Nana Akufo Addo who had led the NPP for twice that time.
The election results were challenged by the NPP but after eight months of litigation at the superior court of judicature, John Mahama was declared as the legitimate winner.
However, he lost the 2016 elections to the NPP’s Nana Akufo Addo over massive corruption allegations against his government and unfavorable economic policies.