Pollster Ben Ephson has urged the NDC against engaging in internal jostling in an attempt to get a replacement for its 2020 presidential candidate, John Mahama.
John Mahama is highly expected to lead the party into the 2024 polls, but some high-ranking members of the party are reported to be opposed to the idea and are seeking a successor, while others support him.
While the party leadership met in the Volta Region to review their performances and the way forward, another set of members met in Tema to speak on challenges facing the party.
To this, Ben Ephson said it is too early for the NDC leadership to be competing among themselves for power.
He said “the party did better than was expected in the 2020 elections. They must find out why they attracted more floating voters and how they could have done better.”
“This is not the time to try and settle personal scores. Many people have started jostling already post John Mahama but that’s not what they should be doing now,” he said.
Ben Ephson insisted that it is always bad to change a winning team, saying that “If nomination opens again for national executives, I’m sure if you’re a voter, you’ll vote for those who brought you to the brink of victory.”
He said in the aftermath of the election, talking to people in the party, he realized what they are looking at whether they could they have done better in 2020, and not a fight over who leads them to 2024.
The Managing News Editor of the Daily Dispatch noted that “one of the reasons why NDC lost in 2016 is that there was a break between the party and government.”
He said the party already had issues with its founder when he was alive, adding that this not the time to start another confusion over supremacy.