‘We have reasons for backing flagbearer aspirants’

Nii Lantey Vanderpuye

Nii Lantey Vanderpuye

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Odododiodioo, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, has affirmed that all members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have a right to support whichever candidate they prefer in the NDC flagbearer race.

Making reference to Victor Gbeho and Ken Dzirasah, who had indicated their preference of Joshua Alabi, Mr. Vanderpuye indicated not everyone had to join the John Mahama bandwagon.

“For Victor Gbeho and Ken Dzirasah, I don’t expect everybody in the NDC to support John Mahama, that will not be fair, in politics people take decisions, make certain moves for their own selfish interests.

“I’m in full support of Mr. Mahama’s bid,” Mr Vanderpuye reaffirmed and noted as leader of the 94 NDC MPs out of the Minority Caucus of 106 that endorsed former President Mahama as the flagbearer for the 2020 polls prior to his announcement.

Using himself as an example, he noted that he may also have his own motives for supporting the former president saying, “I would have an interest since I was a minister under John Mahama, if John Mahama should win again, it’s likely I would become a minister again and that may be my reason.

“Sydney [Casely-Hayford] may be following me because he knows that if Nii Lante should win, I will also get certain opportunities, who knows why Ken Dzirasah is following Professor Alabi?

“Who knows why Victor Gbeho is following Joshua Alabi, there are one or two MPs who are following Joshua Alabi, one or two following Alban Bagbin, it is diverse,” Mr. Vanderpuye maintained.

Former President Mahama is regarded as the frontrunner in a primary race that includes former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah; Nadowli Kaleo MP, Mr Bagbin; former Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Ekwow Spio Garbrah; former Vice Chancellor of the University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Professor Joshua Alabi and Cape Coast South MP, Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, among others.

Aside from the support from the NDC MPs, the former president also has the backing of 10 regional chairmen of the party.

The Constituency Chairpersons in the Greater Accra Region had declared their support for former President Mahama and his well wishers have cited his marketability as the NDC looks to unseat the New Patriotic Party (NPP). –citinewsroom.com -Mahama joins contest for NDC presidential ticket



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