The President’s pre-occupation now will be to‘re-organise’ the National Democratic Congress for the next general election.
The Deputy Power Minister, Mr John Jinapor, who made this known, said President John Mahama’s main focus would be to re-organise the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the next elections in 2020, after the party suffered defeat in the 2016 general election.
“I can tell you for a fact that the President’s pre-occupation now will be to‘re-organise’ the party” for the next general election, he said on Joy FM’s News analysis show, Newsfile on Saturday.
The Mahama-led government was thumped at the polls last Wednesday, losing out to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who secured 53.85 per cent of the total valid votes cast. He won the popular vote in six of Ghana’s 10 regions.
While Nana Akufo-Addo, 72, becomes the oldest President,President Mahama becomes the first one-term president since Ghana returned to democratic rule in 1992.
In a post-election analysis on Newsfile, veteran journalist Kweku Baako Jnr. encouraged President Mahama to have another shot at the presidency.
“I like him. He will be the best ticket for the NDC in 2020, oh yes,” Baako stressed. The out-going President will be 62 years in 2020.
“If he decides to compete, there is nobody who can compete with him,” Mr Kweku Baako said, dismissing a potential challenge from contenders such as the Trade Minister, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, who once contested the NDC’s presidential primaries.
Mahama, now 58, became President after he narrowly defeated Nana Akufo-Addo in 2012 by 325,000 votes.