Staunch NDC member and former Consul to Dubia, Daniel Osei, has given a damning verdict on the chances of the NDC if former president John Mahama is elected to lead the party in 2020.
Mr. Osei, who was appointed consul by the ex-president, says Mr Mahama does not have the “discipline,” “focus” or the moral right to wrestle political power from the ruling New Patriotic Party, NPP.
The former consul adds that the NDC’s electoral annihilation in 2016 by the NPP was as a result of Mr Mahama’s awful leadership qualities, which was flatly rejected by the masses.
Mr Osei said these on Kessben FM in Kumasi on Thursday.
“If possible, Mahama should not contest in the flagbearership as it will not be in the NDC’s interest.
“Mahama was not simply defeated by Akufo-Addo; he lost Ghanaian electorates across board because his reign was terrible and his personality also didn’t help matters,” he asserted.
The former consul added, “He gave deaf ears to issues raised by doctors and several other professional bodies. For the first time we lost the military and we started losing the military as early as 2014.”
Mr Mahama last Saturday hinted that he may consider running for the presidency on the ticket of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) again.
He said he has reflected on the numerous calls by the party’s teeming supporters and sympathizers to declare his intention to contest in 2020.
In a Facebook post, he was coy on whether he will be the NDC’s flagbearer but said, “I will not disappoint you even as we await the publication of the party’s guidelines for selecting a new leader.”
He polled a little above 44% of total votes cast in the last election, the lowest for an incumbent President, and lost the Presidency to the New Patriotic Party’s Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2016.