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A leading contender in the National Democratic Congress standard bearer race and a former National Health Insurance Authority Chief Executive Officer, has affirmed his decision to contest for the vacant position of flagbearer despite Mr. Mahama’s recent declaration.
Speaking on Star FM in the earlier hours of Monday, 21st May, 2018, the man many have tipped as the dark horse and the future leader of the NDC, in his usual gentle but firm approach welcome the former president to the contest saying though late, it was expected by the rank and file of the party and hence the announcement was only, but a matter of time.
The flagbearer hopeful described his ambition as a vehicle that has already begun a journey. “I want to assure my teeming supporters across the country that I appreciate the support, trust and confidence in me and will not take it for granted or disappoint”
It is a welcomed news that Mr. Mahama has finally indicated his intentions to contest even though its been suggested that he has bowed to pressure giving the impression he is an unwilling candidate.
All I pray for is that, neither the party nor any group of individuals would be tempted to gag potential hopefuls. A free, fair and level playing field is what the party needs in order to scale over the hurdle”
According to the flag bearer hopeful, there is the need to appreciate the experiences of the past which caused us our defeat in the December 7, general election. Things that went against us cannot be repeated going into the future, he said.
WHAT IS THE STRATEGY
Speaking about the contest, Mr. Sylvester Mensah said, the declaration of the former president to contest obviously changes strategy at the margins.
“Every individual comes with a unique set of talents, potential and above all support base. Once a new person joins the race, every other contender would have to adjust to accommodate the new entrant.
“What is important is that, my teeming supporters know I stand for a New Face, a New Voice, a New Vision and a New Set of Relationships”.
MAHAMA, THE MOST MARKETED?
Reacting to a question by the host as to what his chances are with regards to the fact that Mr. Mahama appears the most marketed, Mr. Sylvester Mensah said, most of it is perception and though he does not wish to discuss any particular candidate, he believes that, he will win the flag bearer race and subsequently become the president of the republic come January, 2021.
“Comparing the former president with any of the aspirants is like comparing apples and mangoes. None of them has been Vice president and President but what is at stake is that delegates are going to measure potential and see who best represent the best set of aspirations both for the party and Ghana in general” I believe I am marketable and have more than what it takes to be a household name within one year and win power for the party.
Mr. Sylvester Mensah, stated categorically that he may not be as financially endowed as other aspirants, but fortunately the race is not about who has more money. Right from branch to the national level, there are different levels of investments. Party members seeking office, are being encouraged to own the party, develop a new set of orientation and to appreciate their role us ‘kingmakers’ with the responsibility to ensure the best leader emerge for our collective good and interest.
“If it is about money we may not have in equal measure. but it goes beyond that, it is about mutual respect for one another, mutuality of interest, it is about the future of our country, belief in our common humanity. It is about reducing social exclusion and achieving shared prosperity. If these are the issues at stake, then I have it in abundance and I believe the delegates will choose me”
“Let me put on records for be first time that myself and Alabi, Spio and Bagbin have been meeting, not for any diabolical reasons, but because we were quick to declare earlier, we also believe we owe it a duty to manage our support base by discussing issues that may crop up to reduce any negative occurrence or reducing acrimony to the minimum.
This was Mr. Sylvester Mensah’s response when the host asked whether it will be necessary for a certain collaboration among hopefuls tomorrow to ensure all new faces team up to face a possible strong contender, as suggested by Pollster and Journalist, Mr. Ben Ephson.
These are strategies very normal in politics, but off course subject to several considerations. Our individual strength and many other relevant issues need to be looked at. I can not say for a fact, but in a contest of this nature, every strategy is worth considering, the former Chief Executive of the NHIA pointed out.
He entreated his supporters to remain resolute and believe that he will emerge from the race to lead the party to victory come 2020
Source: Eric Nii Odartey Lamptey