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Mahama Announces Intention To Run For President In 2024


Former President John Dramani Mahama has formally announced his desire to run for president in the general election of 2024 on the ticket of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

In a meeting with the Minority caucus on Tuesday at his Cantonments office in Accra, the National Democratic Congress’s twice-defeated presidential candidate declared that he would soon be running for a third time.

Former Chief of Staff Julius Debrah, former NDC Campaign Manager Joshua Alabi, and former Information Minister Kofi Totobi Quakyi, all of whom served under the late President Jerry Rawlings, were present at the meeting.

Mr. Mahama has already received the full support of the majority of NDC MPs as their choice.

After losing in his first two efforts, Mr. Mahama will make what is likely to be his final bid to win the presidency.

Former President Nana Akufo-Addo humiliatingly defeated him twice, in 2016 and 2020.

On Monday, the leadership of four unions – Motor Riders Union, True Drivers Union, Concerned Drivers Union, and Abossey Okai Spare-part Dealers Association, petitioned John Mahama, urging him to contest for the Presidency.

The NDC Greater Accra Regional Chairmen, Ashie Moore has also endorsed Mr. Mahama, and promised to pay his GH¢500K filing fee as well as the Constituency Chairmen in the Greater Accra Region also declaring their support and endorsement for Mr. Mahama.
Meanwhile, some NDC youth in the Volta Region also want John Mahama to run unopposed for the flagbearership race of the party ahead of the polls.

The group believes that there “is no need for flagbearer elections, but instead, the party should directly endorse the former president as flagbearer of the party for the 2024 presidential elections”.

Mr. Mahama is expected to contest the presidential primaries of the NDC with the former Governor of the Bank of Ghana and Finance Minister, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, and former Kumasi Mayor, Kojo Bonsu who is also lacing his boot to join the race.

Source: Richard Obeng Bediako ll