It appears none of the seven presidential aspirants of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) was a preferred choice of the Founder of the party, former President Jerry John Rawlings, as he failed to vote at the presidential primary of the party on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
Mr Rawlings, who was expected to cast his vote at 11:00 a.m., at the Adabraka headquarters of the party in Accra, was conspicuously missing, leaving journalists who had stormed there wondering what might have prevented the former Ghanaian leader from coming.
Mr Rawlings, however, sent a message to the party via Tweeter, admonishing the party hierarchy to conduct the presidential primary with dignity.
“Let’s conduct today’s [referring to Saturday’s] presidential primaries with dignity, transparency and fairness. My best wishes to all the candidates,” Mr Rawlings expressed.
But, Today’s investigations at the Office of former President Rawlings, have revealed that while he wanted to remain neutral, he was also not convinced that any of them could win power for the NDC in 2020.
Meanwhile, the certified results from the Electoral Commission (EC) on the Saturday’s presidential primary of the NDC showed massive endorsement for former President John Dramani Mahama as he secured 95.23 per cent of the total votes cast to lead the NDC as flag-bearer to Election 2020.
Mr Mahama polled 213,487 votes representing 95.23 per cent of the total valid votes cast with the other six contenders managing with about 4 per cent.
Coming second was Professor Joshua Alabi who had a total of 3,404 votes representing 1.52 per cent.
The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban S.K. Bagbin, followed in the third position with a total of 2,301 votes representing 1.03 per cent.
Goosie Tanoh came fourth with a total of 2,091 votes representing 0.93 per cent.
Mr Ekwow Spio Garbrah came fifth with 1,447 votes representing 0.65 per cent as against 934 votes by Sylvester Mensah in the sixth position representing 0.42 per cent.
Close to 300,000 delegates took part in the primary across all the 275 constituencies.
Meanwhile, Mr Mahama has averred that the opposition NDC is ready to snatch power from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2020 poll.
According to him, the NDC was united and poised for victory, saying “nothing can stop their victory.”
“Tonight, I want to serve notice to Ghana that from the outcome of this election, it means the NDC is strong. The NDC is united. The NDC is poised for victory in 2020. And nothing, absolutely nothing can stop our march towards the Flagstaff House,” he said in a victory speech at the party’s headquarters after being declared presidential candidate-elect for the NDC.
Mr Mahama who was also overwhelmed by his massive endorsement thanked the grassroots of the party
“Our party has spoken with one voice and I must say we are all winners,” he said.
“I am deeply touched by the overwhelming endorsement I have received from the grassroots of our party,” he said moments after the EC declared the official results at the NDC headquarters in Accra.
He also thanked the fellow aspirants for the fight they put up in the presidential primary and indicated they had helped to energise “the base of our party. Their participation in this contest has exhibited that our party is the most democratic, peaceful, transparent and dynamic in Ghana’s democracy today.”
Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI
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