Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, has said his wish is for former President John Mahama to return as flagbearer, and subsequently the President after the 2024 elections.
In an interview on Citi TV, The Tamale South Member of Parliament said one of the party’s key strategies to secure victory in 2024, is to be extremely vigilant at all polling stations across the country.
“The NDC will call for greater transparency, especially at the collation of the results. Zero-tolerance for 2024 will be our declaration, and we will police the ballot,” he said.
Revealing his wish for Mahama to lead the NDC again ahead of the 2024 polls, Iddrisu stated, “I always say that for persons who love President Mahama and want his return just as I want, go to your polling station and make sure he wins. Nothing more.”
“If he wins at the 33,000 polling stations, he will be the next President of the Republic”, the Minority leader said.
The statement of the minority leader who is also a key person in the NDC is very significant at this time because it seems to dispel rumours that he wants to contest in the NDC flagbearership race ahead of the 2024 polls.
To Return or Not
Mr Mahama, who was the 2020 presidential candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has not openly declared whether or not he would lead the greatest opposition party in Ghana into elections 2024.
Mahama lost the 2020 elections to President Akufo-Addo, having lost the 2016 polls to the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
President Nana Akufo-Addo, who was seeking crucial re-election after his first attempt to lead Ghana some 12 years ago, beat Mr Mahama, a former colleague legislator, for the second time in a national election.
After losing a post-election litigation in the Supreme Court in March this year, some experts have tipped Maham to be the best person to lead the NDC into the next polls.
The constitution allows the former president, who was elevated from a Vice President on July 24, 2012, to succeed the late prof. JEA Mills as president after the latter’s demise, to run for another election in Ghana.
But Mahama believes the NDC will come back stronger after the electoral defeat in 2020 and win in the next polls irrespective of who the party fields.
Thank You Tour
Mr Mahama recently toured parts of the country to show appreciation to Ghanaians for the overwhelming support to him and the NDC in the last election. He also took the opportunity to calm party fanatics and members who were infuriated citing electoral fraud.
He has so far visited the Upper East and West regions as well as the Savanna, North East, and the Northern regions in his first leg of the tour.
Mahama later visited the Western, Central, Eastern, Volta, and Greater Accra Regions.