Out of 106 National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament, 94 has endorsed former President John Mahama as their preferred candidate for the party’s flagbearership race.
The decision, according to MP for Bulsa South, Dr Clement Apaak, is because Mr Mahama is the best bet for the NDC ahead of the 2020 general elections.
These MPs have since formed a group called MPS4JM (Members of Parliament for John Mahama) with full support from their constituents
Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Se n programme Tuesday, Dr Apaak claimed it would be politically suicidal for any NDC MP not to endorse John Mahama who is the preferred candidate for many grassroots members.
Citing himself as an example, he said his constituents warned him to either endorse Mahama or kiss his political career goodbye.
“My constituents told me that if you are going to re-contest, then you must do so with your father otherwise forget”, he stressed.
To demonstrate their commitment, Dr Apaak said they have levied themselves a one-time bulk amount in addition to a monthly contribution which is paid into an account solely opened for the cause.
They also pledged their commitment to play a prominent role to ensure he gets the nod of delegates to lead the NDC to victory in 2020. Former President after numerous calls from party supporters since mid-last year took to his Facebook page on March 19, 2018, and hinted he would contest for the 2020 flagbearer slot of the party when the party goes to Congress at the close of this year.
He wrote; “I want to congratulate the rank & file and executives of our party, the NDC, at all levels for the commitment and work rate we have put into our reorganization efforts. The zeal and determination of the average sympathizer of our great party are greater and miles ahead of what it was after the December 2016 Elections. We need to keep up with the momentum generated and follow the published timelines.
To you the teeming supporters and sympathizers calling and requesting me to declare my intentions for the future, I wish to assure you today, that as a servant-leader, I have listened to your calls and reflected. I will not disappoint you even as we await the publication of the party’s guidelines for selecting a new leader.”