Mahama: 2020 a decider

Former President Mahama

Former President Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has described the 2020 general election as a final match between him and familiar political rival, President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Referring to the 2012 polls as “a title fight” and the 2016 elections as “a rematch”, he called the 2020 polls “a decider” and predicted the tiebreaker would return him to the helm of government.

Former President Mahama declared: “They say, why you are bringing your former president? NDC, don’t you have people?’ And we say you too, didn’t you have people? In 2008, you brought somebody and Professor Mills defeated him, you should have brought a fresh face.

“You brought him again in 2012, John Mahama defeated him, you should also have brought a fresh face, you brought him again in 2016, it’s only at that time he won, he was defeated several times and you still brought him.

“This is what you call a title fight,” former President Mahama told NDC delegates and supporters in the Bolgatanga Central Constituency during his just-ended tour of the Upper East region adding that two boxers fight and one wins, the one who loses asks for a rematch, the second fight is called a rematch.

“They fight the second one, the other boxer lost the first time, the other won, he asks for another match called the decider and 2020 is going to be the decider, we can win the 2020 elections if we work hard and are united.

“When I see your faces, those who are branch executives, our constituency executives, our regional executives, I have confidence in 2020 we will defeat the NPP, take the ballot box as your own and guard it jealously,” former President Mahama cautioned.

Then President Mahama won in 2012 as a first-timer on the ticket of then governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), secured 5,574,761 votes, representing 50.7 per cent while Nana Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), polled 5,248,898, representing 47.7 per cent.

In 2016, Then President Mahama fell deep from the coveted seat of power with an incredible 4,713,277 votes representing 44.4 per cent to Nana Akufo-Addo who polled a widely unanticipated 5,716,026, representing a record 53.9 per cent since the Kufuor era.  –

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