Former President John Mahama would be making yet another attempt to be voted once again as President of Ghana as he has been officially elected as the 2024 flag-bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
John Mahama has served as President of Ghana for a term of four years and the country’s Constitution permits him to serve for another term of four years but has not been successful at that quest as he lost the 2016 elections and again lost the 2020 election. He has expressed optimism of winning the 2024 polls.
In his quest to become President of Ghana again, John Mahama was over the weekend elected once again, as the party’s 2024 presidential candidate with an overwhelming 297,603 votes representing 98.9 per cent of valid votes cast at the internal party presidential primaries.
A former Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, the only contender who challenged John Mahama polled a total of 3,181 which represents a sorry 1.1 percent of the total valid votes cast.
Former Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor who would have been a third contender, opted out at the eleventh hour citing allegations of bias and irregularities.
Former President Mahama would this morning, be addressing his party from the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale where he would give what would become his official acceptance speech.
Kojo Bonsu, has since conceded defeat and congratulated John Mahama for the victory.
“I saw our former President H.E. John Dramani Mahama and his team work so hard every day than never before to achieve this accomplishment, and I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more than him at this moment. You set an amazing example for the NDC”, Kojo Bonsu wrote on Facebook.
On his part, John Mahama also took to his facebook page to write what can be described as a victory speech:
“Fellow Akatamansonians, and the good people of Ghana.
A while ago, the results of the 2024 presidential primaries was officially declared.
I am humbled by the overwhelming vote of confidence reposed in me by the party.
I want to thank God for bringing the NDC this victory. Traversing the country for all these days, weeks and months without any fatalities can only be by God’s special grace.
My profound gratitude goes to the delegates of our party for their warm welcome, active engagement, and participation during my tour.
In your usual astute manner, you turned up in your numbers, across the country, to vote in our party’s presidential and parliamentary elections.
I also want to thank Dr. Kwabena Duffuor and Mr. Kojo Bonsu for their contest. My appreciation also goes to Mr. Ernest Kobea who pulled out to support me in this contest. Their taking part in this primary has cemented our party’s enviable record as the most democratic political tradition in the country.
Let us disagree to agree, but let us keep our collective sights firmly on the supreme objective of the NDC leading Ghana out of the current abyss the country is in.
I also ask for cooperation among all elected parliamentary candidates and their respective aspirants and supporters in the constituencies. Our party is the winner because there are no individual winners and losers in this intra-party contest.
I want to thank my campaign and operational teams for keeping their focus and delivering a clean campaign.
I thank our donors and financiers for your support; the media for propagating our message and all our religious and traditional leaders who prayed on our behalf for the peace and success we have achieved today.
On Monday, at the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale, I will join a teeming number of the rank and file of the NDC and Ghanaians in general, to deliver my formal acceptance speech.
See you in Tamale.
May God bless us all, and I thank you for your kind attention.
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