Former President Jerry John Rawlings has congratulated newly elected National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama for winning the party’s primaries held last Saturday.
“My congratulations to former President J. D. Mahama on his election as the presidential candidate of the NDC. My congratulations also go to all the other candidates for the dignified manner they conducted themselves throughout the process and for accepting the results in a mature and good-natured manner,” said Mr. Rawlings in a statement.
Mr. Rawlings also urged the former President and the party’s leadership to “work together to re-embrace the NDC’s core principles in a bid to carve a positive message and image for the party.”
Mahama swept 95.23 percent of the total valid votes cast in the NDC’s presidential primaries held over the weekend to become the party’s flagbearer for the 2020 polls.
Goosie Tanoh, founder of the Reformed Party, a breakaway from the NDC came fourth with 2,091 votes representing 0.93%.
The former Trades and Industry Minister in the Mahama government, Ekwow Spio Garbrah received 1,447 votes which represented 0.65% of the total votes.
Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Mr Sylvester Mensah and businessman secured 934 of the valid votes cast representing o.42 percent.
A businessman, Nurudeen Iddrisu placed seventh with a paltry 520 votes representing 0.23%.
95% vote margin shows Ghanaians want Mahama back – Ofosu Ampofo
The National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo says the 95 percent endorsement of former president John Dramani Mahama shows that Ghanaians want him back at the presidency.
“The 95% votes is a reflection of Ghanaians for the return of the NDC and John Dramani Mahama,” Ofosu Ampofo said.
He said Ghanaians are fed-up with the governing New Patriotic Party which has failed to live up to expectations.
JM bɛba biom
“Several projects started under Mahama’s leadership have been left under the mercy of the weather. Cocoa roads among others. Which have reached the stage of being tarred have been neglected. The time has come for us to change our slogan and say NPP one term, Nana Akufo-Addo one term, JM bɛba biom,” Ofosu Ampofo added.
Below is the statement from Mr. Rawlings
February 25, 2019
RAWLINGS CONGRATULATES MAHAMA
My congratulations to former President J. D. Mahama on his election as the presidential candidate of the NDC.
My congratulations also go to all the other candidates for the dignified manner they conducted themselves throughout the process and for accepting the results in a mature and good-natured manner.
While congratulating ourselves as a party for a relatively smooth process, we have to remember that this is only the first step of the task to convince the larger Ghanaian electorate.
I urge the candidate, the party leadership and all the grassroots to work together to re-embrace the NDC’s core principles in a bid to carve a positive message and image for the party.
Kobina Andoh Amoakwa