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The newly elected Greater Accra Constituency Chairmen caucus of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Tuesday, January 17, called on the former president John Dramani Mahama to formally introduce themselves and declare their support for the candidacy of the former president as they believe he is their surest bet for victory in the crucial 2024 general elections. To demonstrate their commitment and resolve in working with the former president to win power, the party chairmen pledged to bear the full cost of his Filing Fee in the presidential primaries later this year and also voluntarily elected to be his campaign coordinators and polling agents during the exercise.
The entourage was led by the Dome-Kwabenya constituency chairman, Isaac Nii Lante Lamptey who is the new chairman of the Caucus. The second-time constituency chairman thanked Mr. Mahama for his unflinching support to the group over the years and announced that “we have come here today to officially endorse you and promise to do everything we can to get you elected as president again in 2024. Mr. President, we are ready to pay your filing fee for the upcoming primaries because we believe we can only win 2024 with you”.
In his presentation, the Kpone-Katamanso NDC Chairman, Mr. Nicolas Ofie, who doubles as the secretary to the Caucus touched on the need for due consultation with the constituency-level party structures, which they head, about future appointments of Government’s representatives in the constituencies, Municipalities, and Districts. According to him, such consultations are necessary in order to reduce the agitations and rancour that usually characterize such a process. On behalf of the caucus, Mr. Ofie announced that “your Excellency, we here have decided to avail ourselves to be your campaign coordinators in our various constituencies and be your polling agents as a show of our support for you in the primaries ahead”. He also pleaded with Mr. Mahama to have the constituency chairmen in his ‘good books’ for any role in his government if the party wins the 2024 general elections.
On his part, the 2020 Campaign Manager of the NDC, Prof. Joshua Alabi was pleased to announce to the Greater Accra Constituency Chairmen of the peaceful resolution of the recently reported instability, particularly involving the Greater Accra party Chairman and secretary. “I want to happily inform you that the situation has been peacefully dealt with. I was with them yesterday and everything has been solved amicably, so go back in unity and peace”, he said to the group.
The running mate of Mr. Mahama in the 2020 election, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang took turns appealing to the chairmen to work closely together with their colleague constituency executives, branch executives and members of the party as that is the only way to attain victory in the upcoming crucial elections in 2024. She advised the party to close its ranks and tasked the chairmen to rally the support of their members towards the course of the party in their various constituencies, for this is the only way to make progress as a party.
Addressing the gathering, former president Mahama thanked the caucus for their support and hard work for the party and for their confidence reposed in him to become the president once again. He welcomed the first-time Chairmen and reminded the group of the task ahead of them. “We are counting on you to be battle ready for 2024”, he charged. He assured the group that their concerns about consultations on appointments in their constituencies will be addressed in his next government. “You are going to be at the table when these decisions are made, I can assure you of that”, he reiterated, to a loud applause from the constituency leaders. Mr. Mahama charged the caucus to work harder to rescue the country from what he describes as the insensitive Akufo-Addo-led NPP government. He decried how the government has short-changed the hardworking Ghanaian investors in their cruel Domestic Debt Exchange Program which was announced a few weeks ago, a situation he believes was avoidable had the government listened to suggestions from him and many other Civil Society Organizations and Ghanaians over the last six years.
The meeting was also attended by former Chief of Staff, Mr. Julius Debrah, and Dr. Calistus Mahama, an advisor to H.E John Dramani Mahama.