Former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama has indicated interest in governing the Gold Coast once again. He announced his bid a few days ago seeking the nomination of the major opposition party in Ghana to vie for the 2020 presidential elections.
Mahama became President in 2012 but lost his re-election in 2016 to Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party. Pundits say he lost the elections because he failed at revitalising the economy and because of corruption allegations levelled against him.
The former Ghanian President announced his bid on his Facebook page saying: “I have submitted my letter to the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) confirming my decision to contest for the leadership of the party with a clear view on victory in 2020.”
59-year-old Mahama also added, “I’ve prayed diligently about the task ahead and I believe I owe a duty to God and my country to take our great party back into government, to right the wrongs of the past and to put an end to the cries of the people under the current dispensation.”
His announcement was greeted with enthusiasm by his party faithful and drew some scepticism from some section of the populace. Across social media, a moderate percentage of Ghanaians were not enthusiastic he was planning a 2020 rerun.