Former president John Mahama would have to rid himself of the corruption tag put on him by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2016 elections to stand a chance in 2020, Prof. Agyemang Duah has said.
“John Mahama may have to repackage himself. I think his approach to politics should be different. We expect a new conviction,” the former senior adviser to the UN on governance stated on Morning Starr Tuesday.
“John Mahama will need to convince the people that he is in with a new vision and rid himself of the corruption tag put on him. The level of corruption charge given to John Mahama’s administration was very high,” he added.
Mahama recorded a landslide victory in the just ended National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential primaries.
At the end of the presidential primaries, Mahama polled a whopping 213,487 votes representing 95.23% of the total votes cast to beat the six other contestants to lead the largest opposition party in the 2020 general elections.
Marching to Jubilee House
The NDC is occupying the seat of government after the 2020 elections, Mahama said in his victory speech.
“Tonight, I want to serve notice to Ghana that from the outcome of this election, 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.
President Akufo-Addo defeated Mr Mahama, then incumbent president, to become the president of Ghana in the 2016 general elections.
Mr Akufo-Addo polled 53.9% of the total valid votes, while John Mahama managed 44.4%, the worse so far for an incumbent President.