"I have learnt a lesson from failure"- Mahama

By Mutala Yakubu
"I have learnt a lesson from failure"- Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama says he has learnt some lessons from his 2016 defeat to President Akufo-Addo.

John Mahama submitted his nomination forms at the National Democratic Congress (NDC) headquarters as he bids to lead the party to Election 2020.

The filing was done today December 17, 2018. He now joins Professor Joshua Alabi, Alban Bagbin and Sylvester Mensah who have all filed their nomination.

Mahama after filing held a presser at the Trade Fair in Accra said "I've learned a great lesson... There is indeed lessons learnt from failure,"

"It was a hard thing to do, and it was a deeply humbling experience. I was sincere in my hopes that the new government will be successful in the great undertaking that was before them.

"My brothers and sisters, I was at the crossroads in my life, the temptation of a return to private life was enticing, the promise of spending time with my family and close friends, a rare thing during those hectic years in office was a very welcome prospect and spending time away from the often vicious unforgiving enterprise of our national politics was equally very attractive, but in those many months of contemplation, I also rediscovered the first principles of my personal and political beliefs."

Filing of nominations closes on Tuesday, December 18, according to a programme released by the party to guide the election of a flagbearer.

According to the programme, after the filing, aspirants will be vetted between 21st and 22nd December, 2018, followed by balloting on 22nd December, 2018. Between 22nd and 24th December, 2018, the party will receive appeals, if any, before homing in for for the presidential primaries on Saturday, 26th January, 2019.

 1.   Filing of nomination - 17th – 18th December, 2018
 2.   Vetting - 21st – 22nd December, 2018
 3.   Balloting - 22nd December, 2018
 4.   Appeals - 22nd – 24th December, 2018
 5.   Primaries - 26th January, 2019.

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