Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, running mate to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, said he prayed for the entire country and for President John Dramani Mahama, a man he is determined to help unseat in the 2016 general election whilst in Mecca.
Dr. Bawumia who returned from Mecca last Saturday evening after performing the fifth pillar of the Islamic faith, told Joy News’ Latif Iddris, at his residence, that Ghanaians needed to cultivate the habit of supporting each other to develop the nation.
Dr. Bawumia, who performed the Hajj with his wife, was welcomed at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra, by party supporters and family members.
Also present at the airport was the former MP for Ayawaso Constituency, Sheikh I.C. Quaye
Dr Bawumia, who survived the harrowing experience of the stampede that killed more than seven hundred people at Mecca, said he had returned spiritually renewed and his approach to politics would be influenced by the Hajj experience.
He recalled the stampede caused huge disruption to the pilgrimage saying, “It was unbelievable what happened. We didn’t know who was involved and it was a very frightening experience”.
Dr. Bawumia said a short prayer for the country and also for those who lost their lives during the stampede.
Sheikh I.C. Quaye told Joy News he was hopeful the NPP would overcome the current wrangling in the party, and unite for the 2016 polls.