Mixed reactions over Mahama’s ‘endorsement’

 Former President Mahama

Former President Mahama

There have been mixed reactions over the endorsement of former President John Mahama to lead the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2020 general election.

Some NDC Members of Parliament (MPs) have confirmed their endorsement of the former president as their candidate stem from the fact that a section of Ghanaians are calling for him to come back to steer the affairs of the nation because of alleged incompetence of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.

Those who have decided to contest the presidential primary of the party refused to endorse former President Mahama because they owed allegiance to some of the presidential aspirants and the election would be determined by the grassroots and not by endorsements.

Some of the MPs said they were coerced to append their signatures on a document they purported to be an attendance book of Parliament while others claimed all those who signed did that willingly since they were of the conviction that former President Mahama was the only aspirant who could lead the party to victory in 2020.

Ras Mubarak, MP for Kumbungu confirmed was part of the 94 Minority MPs who had endorsed former President Mahama as candidate for 2020.

‘’The endorsement is true, I am one of those who endorsed Mr Mahama, the number may even be more than the number that have been put out, as at the time of signing the document, that was the number available but I can assure you that the number is more.

“The overwhelming endorsement stem from Ghanaians calling on former President Mahama to again steer the affairs of the nation because clearly, President Nana Akufo-Addo is incompetently managing the country.

“The opposing views from other MPs are not surprising since Alban Bagbin has expressed interest to contest and cannot endorse Mahama and Richard Quashigah worked with Professor Joshua Alabi at the University of Professional Studies, Accra and owed allegiance to him.

Presidential candidate hopeful Professor Alabi raised concerns over claims that some 94 Minority MPs had endorsed former President Mahama as candidate for 2020.
According to him, although not surprised at the decision by the MPs because the former president employed them when he was in power but was quick to add that the decision to elect a presidential candidate would be decided by the grassroots.

Joseph Bipoba Naabu, MP for Yunyoo Constituency in the Northern Region has revealed he was deceived into signing a paper he thought was an attendance sheet to check absenteeism in Parliament but was endorsing former President Mahama for 2020 flagbearer.

“I was very furious because they deceived me to signing something I don’t believe in, I have endorsed Alban Bagbin, I believe he is the right person to lead the NDC in 2020, a vote for former President Mahama will be politically suicidal to the NDC’s agenda of winning power in 2020,” Mr Naabu cautioned.

His comment follows allegation by former MP for La Dadekotopon, Nii Amasah Namoale that the supposed 94 MPs who endorsed Mr. Mahama were blackmailed.

However, MP for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak, who is leading the MPS4JM campaign, denied the claims insisting that the MPs signed willingly. –rainbowradioonline.com

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