The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia, says members of the party calling on the former President John Mahama to contest the 2020 elections is premature.
He said the party has outdoored a committee to investigate the party’s defeat in the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections and not ready to elect a flagbearer.
According to him, the party have not reached the stage to talk about a presidential candidate.
Speaking in an interview on Accra FM, he said, “We haven’t reached the stage where we will select a flag bearer for the NDC. We went into an election and lost and so we are looking into what led to our defeat in the elections and prepare ourselves for the next elections. When we are done then we will think of who leads the NDC into the next elections as flagbearer.”
The family of former President Mahama said that they will impress upon him not to contest the Presidency in 2020.
A younger brother of Mr Mahama who spoke to the media said they are advising their kinsman to take a rest from active politics.
Ibrahim Mahama said, “John has given his all in politics to the NDC and Ghana and we think it is just fair that we allow him to rest. We were very supportive and instrumental in convincing him to partner Prof. Mills, and when the time came for him to contest for President, we supported and advised him to go for it…now we have advised him not to make a comeback in 2020.”
But Asiedu Nketia said, “We have not reached the stage where we will talk about a presidential candidate for our party. Predicting who will be presidential candidate for the NDC is not and has not been my style.”