The General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has cautioned leadership of the party, at all levels, not to commit the structures of the party in support of any of the persons seeking to contest the flagbearership position of the party
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has confirmed that it will go to the polls in December to elect its flagbearer for the 2020 election.
This was disclosed by General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, on Thursday, August 2, 2018.
Speaking to journalists at the party’s headquarters, he said the NDC has slated December 7, 2018, to elect its presidential candidate.
According to him, the date is in line with what their constitution proposes, adding that aspirants can now begin their campaigns.
“We have taken note of our constitutional requirement to choose our Flagbearer, 24 months before the next elections and the constitution not having been amended yet, we can safely calculate our timelines from 7th December 2020, so that will bring us back to 7th of December 2018 for a choice to be made on who leads our party into the next general elections,” Mr. Nketia said.
“Ordinarily, we would have concluded all the internal elections before opening the space for campaigning and declaration of intentions, but we realise that if we are to wait till we finish our elections by September, the time will be short for some aspirants, so on behalf of the national executive committee and on my own behalf as the Chief Executive of NDC, I wish to declare the campaign period for our presidential primaries officially opened with immediate effect.”
Former president John Dramani Mahama is the frontrunner going into the party election, however, he is set to be challenged by other NDC personalities who have declared their intentions of leading the party in 2020.
So far, five persons have confirmed that they will contest as flagbearers of the NDC.
These are Dr. Ekow Spio Garbah, a former Trades and Industry Minister under the John Mahama government; Former Vice Chancellor of the University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi, and Member of Parliament for Nadowli-Kaleo, Alban Bagbin.