The All Peoples Congress (APC) has endorsed the second term bid of John Mahama, the presidential candidate of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The decision to endorse the candidature of President Mahama, according to the APC, was driven by the development he has championed within his first term.
Addressing a national delegates’ congress in Accra yesterday, the disqualified presidential hopeful and founder of the APC for the 2016 elections, Hassan Ayariga, said Mr. Mahama needed another term in order not to derail the development of the country.
“I am proud to stand here today and offer my help, my voice, my energy and my commitment and that of the National Executive Committee of the APC, the polling station executives, constituency executives, all parliamentary candidates, regional and national executives, and the entire APC members across Ghana to declare our support for President John Dramani Mahama of the NDC for the 7th December general elections,” Mr. Ayariga said to a thunderous applause from the delegates.
Immediately after he made the declaration, the gathering went into a festive mood. Supporters dressed in ‘T shirts’, embossed with Mr. Mahama’s picture danced to NDC campaign tunes shouting the ‘toaso’ slogan, the campaign mantra of the governing party in this year’s polls.
The support, which does not cover NDC parliamentary candidates, would propel President John Mahama to a 54 per cent first round victory, Mr. Ayariga added.
With seven candidates on the ballot paper for next week Wednesday’s elections, Mr. Ayariga said President Mahama possessed “extraordinary gift of leadership and character, matched to the extraordinary demands of this moment in history.
“He understands what the Ghanaian people are crying for.”
In the midst of what he called “crisis”, he said Mr. Mahama has refused to be trapped in the slow pace patterns of development but proffered workable solutions as an alternative to the challenges of the country.
“He instils in his people hope for success and believe in themselves. He empowers people to accomplish their goals. He has a vision for Ghana and a great source of inspiration to many,” he said to deafening applause from the country that was from across the country.
The decision to back the NDC candidate, Mr. Ayariga, said was a well thought through one because three candidates approached him for his support.
He declared that the party would be embarking on a parallel campaign to that of the President Mahama’s effective today to ensure that the envisaged target became a reality and called on the rank and file of the party to join the campaign.
Mr. Ayariga called on his party members to engage in a decorous campaign and propagate the transformational agenda of the President.
The latest endorsement followed an earlier one over the weekend by the sacked General Secretary of the APC and the running mate, Razak Kojo Poku and Carl Bartels respectively, for opposition leader, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, which has since been discredited.
Mr. Ayariga said the earlier endorsement was “null and void and does not reflect and represent the aspirations of the APC”.
By Julius Yao Petetsi