Former President John Mahama has stated that he has not decided on whether or not he will contest for the flag bearer slot of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and ultimately lead the party into the 2024 elections.
“However, a decision will be made early next year to coincide with when the NDC will elect a flag bearer since it is good to keep your opponents guessing on which candidate will be presented.
“I haven’t and it is good to keep your opponents guessing so even if I am not running, I am not going to say I am not running so a decision will be taken early next year in the first quarter and that is when we hold our party’s primaries for the presidential candidacy and then we will see,” Former President Mahama stressed.
According to the former president, he is unperturbed if the party picks a different aspirant since the main priority is to win the 2024 polls because his country had given him so much, educated him, and made him who he is and if the party allows him to stand, he would.
Former President Mahama pointed out that the main priority was winning the election in 2024, and if the NDC decided he or someone else should stand, it would be fine with him and intimated that the party was poised and focused to wrestle power from the incumbent New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He advocated Africa to have a Marshall Plan as it sought to develop in terms of trade and economic recovery after years of slavery because it had an adverse impact on the continent hence the need for the plan in forging ahead.
“With the plan in place, right leadership, Africa can deliver to its citizens decent living, I am optimistic Africa will be the next hub for investment and business should the right conditions be put in place, I am also excited about implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which is one of the issues I and others have advocated.
“The 11 per cent intra-trade boost between African countries is ridiculous because AfCFTA can serve as catalyst in achieving 50 per cent intra-Africa trade in the near future to enable the African continent to fully benefit from trade, happily, we have passed AfCFTA.
“The first commodities are beginning to be exchanged, shipment of tiles from Ghana going to Rwanda, shipment of tea coming from Kenya to Ghana, that is good news and we are happy it is happening now,” former President Mahama intimated.