President John Dramani Mahama may have lost the December 7 presidential elections, but he remains popular and enjoys love from the people, especially among members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
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This was proven yesterday when tens of NDC members burst into tears as the president cut the sod for the construction of a university at Somanya in the Eastern Region.
The fate of the university – a campaign promise ahead of the 2012 election – may now be determined by the incoming Nana Akufo-Addo administration.
It follows Mahama’s stunning loss in the recently-concluded presidential election.
Akufo-Addo secured 5,716,026 votes (53.85%) to defeat the sitting president, who had 4,713,277 votes ((44.40%).
Mahama’s defeat by over one million votes has got the NDC scrambling to determine what went wrong.
Nevertheless, the party still sees Mahama as its best bet to recapture power in the 2020 presidential election.
Nii Lante Vanderpuije, a leading member of the party announced on Thursday that Mahama would be forced to contest the election even if he did not want to.
Mahama has yet to comment on whether he plans to contest in 2020, but he may be tempted to do so to correct the record which makes him the first president in the fourth republic to serve only one term.