I have not yet decided to run in the 2024 election – Mahama
John Dramani Mahama, the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2020 general elections, has said he is not sure he will contest in the next 2024 election.
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According to the former president, he has yet to make a firm decision on whether he will run as the flag bearer for the opposition NDC.
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In an interview with VOA’s Straight Talk Africa, Mahama said he had not decided to challenge the flag bearer, adding that “it is good to let your opponents guess” which candidate will be presented.
“I don’t,” Mahama said amidst laughter when asked if he plans to run again in the 2024 elections.
“It’s good to keep opponents guessing, so even if I’m not running, I’m not going to say I’m not running. So the decision will be made early next year in the first quarter. Then we will hold our party’s primaries for the presidential candidacy and then we’ll see,” he added in the interview, which was broadcast on Wednesday the 12th.
John Mahama was recently criticized by former NPP Secretary General Kwabena Agyapong for his criticism of the judiciary.
In an interview with Accra-based Joy News on October 6, Kwabena Agyepong said he was disappointed by former President Mahama’s comments, especially as he was at the helm of the country’s affairs and should appreciate what it means to support the judiciary.
Kwabenya Agyepong was responding to a question on concerns raised by Justice Jones Dotse that attacks on the judiciary may lead to the gruesome murder of three Supreme Court judges in 1982.
National Democratic Congress (NDC) flag bearer, John Mahama
“What surprised me was the one who actually attacked the referee. This is former President Mahama whom I know very well, a good friend of mine. I was surprised because he was already president. He has occupied the highest position in the government, so you know what it takes to support the judiciary.
“And for him to come out and say what he said, I find that was a slowdown. It was a disappointment. You don’t have to do that. Whatever the flaws… I’m not saying the referees are perfect. They are not perfect. We are all not perfect.
“We the leaders are the ones who give maximum support and having been in the chair of the chief executive of the state and the first gentleman of the country, I think he should be the last person to run a critical institution like the judiciary. ” he said.
John Mahama said it would only take a new Chief Justice to chart a path to regain public confidence in the judiciary.