The race towards 2020 is gathering steam as the various political parties are regrouping and reorganising their base for the task ahead. Opinions have it that the race will be fiercely contested between the NDC and the NPP.
So far 11 powerful flagbearer hopefuls have emerged from the NDC hoping to be given the mandate to lead the party into the 2020 elections. Some of the hopefuls include Hon. Sylvester Adinam Mensah a former Liaison officer of the National Mobilization Program which eventually gave birth to the NDC in 1992, to wit, Mr Sylvester Adinam Mensah qualifies as a foundation member of the NDC and as well a former CEO of the NHIA, Hon. Alban Bagbin a cadre and longest parliamentarian and former minister of state and currently a deputy speaker of parliament, Prof. Joshua Alabi a former campaign coordinator of the late Prof. Mills of blessed memory, Former president John Mahama, Mr Goozie Tanoh, Dr Spio Garbrah etc.
Delegates are confronted with several factors as to who amongst the list of 11 stands a better chance to lead the party to victory come 2020. As all the other hopefuls qualify to serve as president for two continuous terms, former president Mahama alone has only one term (4 years) to serve as president if elected in the 2020 general elections.
The concentration must not be on attaining power immediately in isolation but rather attaining power, remaining in power for long and putting Ghana on a solid economic and development path. This can only be possible if the NDC chooses any of the flagbearer hopefuls apart from former president Mahama to lead the party into the 2020 elections.
The NPP led by H.E Nana Addo and Bawumia are putting Ghana on a path where economic hardship has become the order of the day. They have introduced a limping Free SHS which has come to stay, a problematic Planting for Food and Jobs, a dinosaur one village one dam, cash-draining Nation Builders Corp (NaBCo), a Ghana of one day one scandal, skyrocketing prices of goods and services, collapsing banking sector, etc.
Clearly, the NPP stands the chance of losing political power to the NDC come 2020 with these barrage of hardships Ghanaians are facing. Governance is about continuity in deleopment and for that matter most of the reckless social interventions introduced by the NPP needs to be reviewed and properly alligned to the priorities of the larger population of Ghanaians and as well the size of the Ghanaian economy. This is a herculean task that cannot be achieved just within 4 years. For this reason former president Mahama does not fall within the category of potential presidents to lead Ghana to the promise land.
From hindsight, former president Kufuor made a proposal to parliament to consider extending the 4 years per term of presidential office since he believes that the 4 years of a term was not enough to make any significant achievement. Former president Mahama himself during his campaign tour in 2016 described former president Kufuor's proposal as sensible and went ahead to advocate for a second term for himself to enable him achieve significantly. Former president Rawlings also made similar observation and called for an extension to 5 years per term.
Clearly, all these former presidents strongly believe that 4 years is not enough for any president to make significant achievements and this presupposes that should the NDC present former president Mahama not much developments can be achieved within 4 years. It makes sense to rather consider a new face who is well-cut with loads of strategies to transform and inspire hope within the rank and file of the NDC, and whom the NDC can rally behind solidly in 2020 to win power and govern for a 8 year period.
The suggestion that if former president Mahama is not even able to perform within the 4 years if elected president, his vice will continue is moot. This is because it is virtually impossible to campaign on the records of a former president who failed to perform hence the NDC risks losing power again in 2024.
Considering the aforementioned challenges, the NDC is better positioned to elect Hon Sylvester Adinam Mensah whose age, party knowledge, profession ( Strategic management anfinancial expert) and other qualities represents a best fit for the top job.
Author: Osabutey Emmanuel