Prof Kwesi Botchwey to announce intention to lead NDC?

 Prof Botchwey

Prof Botchwey

A leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Professor Kwesi Botchwey, has revealed he will soon make public, his intention to lead the party to win the 2020 general elections.
Denying media reports that he has picked forms to contest the chairmanship race of the party, he noted that he would in due course state the capacity in which he intended to marshal the party to victory in the next elections.

Signals are that Prof Botchwey, who chaired the committee to investigate the worst defeat of the party in the 2016 elections, is likely to declare to contest the flagbearership race which 11 leading members of the party including former President John Mahama had declared to contest.

“In the coming days, Professor Kwesi Botchwey shall publicly declare his intention and the capacity in which he will decide to lead the party for victory 2020,” a statement issued on Monday by his office stated.

It assured the party’s supporters that Prof. Botchwey would “remain resolute to the agenda agreed on” but it fell short of details on the said agenda.

This will become his second attempt at the topmost position of the party should he go ahead to declare to contest the flagbearership race.

Prof. Botchwey made his first attempt in 2002 when he contested Professor Atta Mills for 2004 NDC flagbearer slot.

He was the nation’s longest-serving Finance Minister having held the ministerial portfolio from 1982 to 1995.

On the reports that he had picked nomination forms to contest as chairman of the party, Prof Botchwey indicated that such reports were being orchestrated by unknown ill-motivated people.

“The office wants to put it on record that Professor Kwesi Botchwey has not authorised any person to pick a form on his behalf, or has he ever considered contesting for the office of the NDC National Chairman.

“We consider this act by some faceless people as desperate, wicked, devious with the intent of portraying him as inconsistent with his decisions and a deliberate attempt to create confusion in the mind of his teeming supporters,” the statement said.

His Office had indicated it would cause the National Executive Committee to investigate the matter “to bring to book the persons behind the desperate conduct to book”.

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