There was a strange atmosphere in the conference room at the Headquarter of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Adabraka, Accra, when the former Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Kojo Bonsu, officially submitted his letter of intent to joined the flagbearership race.
The conference room had been decorated with the banners of the former President John Mahama who is also in the race for the flagbearership, but those who submitted the letter did not raise any objections to that.
Kojo Bonsu did not submit the letter personally but through a representative which was received by the General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia in the presence of other party executives.
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Even though the banner was the old one which was used during the election 2016, some onlookers and those who saw the pictures wondered whether it was a direct endorsement of the party hierarchy on the former President Mahama.
The banner which has "Mahama Victory 2016" boldly written in the middle had the former President's image as well.
Kojo Bonsu in a letter of intent addressed to the General Secretary of the NDC said, his numerous experience in entrepreneurship and corporate leadership can be harnessed by the party for victory in 2020.
“It is with a sense of unwavering commitment and dedication that I submit my intention to run for the position of NDC flagbearer and to commence my publicity campaign. I do this in accordance with your announcement that those wishing to contest the upcoming NDC election should notify your office in writing”.
“I am of the belief that my broad experience as entrepreneur, businessman, corporate leader, sports administrator, life-long social democrat and public servant, can be used to make a meaningful and lasting contribution towards unifying the NDC and leading it to victory in 2020”, he added.
His announcement brings to Twelve, the number of people who have expressed interest in leading the NDC.
Others NDC members who have also make their intentions known to lead the NDC for the 2020 elections are the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi, former Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah and former Central Regional Minister, George Kweku
The rest are First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, Augustus "Goosie" Obuadum Tanoh, Elikplim Agbemava, and others.
The NDC has scheduled to hold its primaries in December 2018 to elect its flagbearer for the 2020 elections.