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Member of Council of Elders of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr. Benjamin Kumbuor has charged the party’s 2020 flagbearer, John Mahama, to check the “sycophants” rigorously campaigning for his return as flagbearer for the third time.

Dr. Kumbuor says such crusaders will not only create enemies for John Mahama, but also have the potential to destroy the NDC’s re-organization drive; aimed at annexing power from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2024.

He described as “childish and premature”, the conversations going on in the NDC for a possible return of the former President to lead the party into the 2024 elections.

Speaking on Joy News, the former Interior Minister indicated that electoral systems in the party should be allowed to work, rather than imposing individuals on the party.

“John Mahama has his presence; a leading and formidable person in the party but does that mean that John Mahama himself accepts that he is now in control of the party? I do not believe that is the way he thinks.

“People should not be in a hurry to invent enemies for John Mahama. I don’t know the motivation for the people to want to sandbar John Mahama in that way…it is childish, uninformed, unscientific and anti-John Mahama. I believe he will deal with it,” he said.

Dr. Benjamin Kumbuor

Many observers have since attributed the development to alleged division in the NDC party.

Although the next election is three years away, conversations about who becomes the party’s flagbearer is already on the front burner with accusations of some individuals scheming against the 2016 and 2020 presidential candidate, John Mahama.

In March 2021, while reacting to the Economist Intelligence Unit Election report, Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Peter Buamah Otokunor stated that the introducing a new presidential candidate aside John Mahama for 2024 will be ridiculous.

He questioned the national executive officer’s motive for publicly declaring support for a candidate even when the party has not yet examined its performance in the 2020 polls to chart a common path.

The former MP for Nandom noted that the very elements within the party who are to answer hard frontal questions on accountability, are the same individuals in a hurry to introduce the idea of succession.

“If I were in John Mahama’s position and I have seen bits of it with Jerry John Rawlings; when you start behaving in this sycophantic manner, giving the impression that you are the one on whose health and breath John Mahama is surviving politically; many people will not take that. They will find an opportunity to draw your attention publicly that if that is the line you are running, you are not running it for me,” the former Majority Leader suggested.

He also bemoaned the absence of systems to address internal politics affecting party cohesion and called for conversations to be held around the subject.

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