The 2020 running mate of the National Democratic Congress NDC Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang has suffered several criticisms following what several politicians and experts described as an abysmal performance in the last election.
Her boss, John Mahama himself has come under scrutiny after the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) warned the NDC could win the 2024 election but only with a fresh candidate.
A Political Scientist, Mr. Mohammed Abass is therefore advising John Mahama to leave the scene as flagbearer or bring in a formidable running mate in order to be able to win the upcoming 2024 election.
Mr. Mohammed was speaking to Joshua Kodjo Mensah on Starr Today monitored by MyNewsGh.com.
“They (EIU) are right; revitalization is needed if you look at what the NDC has gone through and the last elections that we had, you will clearly see that there is the need for revitalization. I have said that somebody like Mahama, we have seen all of Mahama. Looking at his political career being in the Presidency, being in opposition campaigning and then unable to make it.
“So I was suggesting that if he is going to be the candidate again then the revitalization must come from another angle. In this particular case I am looking at them having a very vibrant running mate,” the Political Scientist said.
He added: “Somebody who will come and complement his weaknesses and then bring in some fresh ideas and be the man to be seen doing all the work just as we had during the time of Bawumia and Nana Akufo-Addo. So that could be one way they can bring the revitalization that people are calling for or himself vacate the seat for a new person to automatically bring in this new vitalization.
He, however, said the NDC has a challenge because the former President is the most marketed and with the money.
“They (NDC) missed the opportunity earlier for what we are talking about now, which is getting a new person and marketing that person. That opportunity was lost when Mahama himself decided to come back. Because at that time I had argued that that was the opportunity to allow the others the platform so that they can also come and market themselves before we get to times like this. But they missed it and they are in this dilemma, he is the only marketed person they have so for the revitalization they need a charismatic person to pair with him.” he said.
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