Delegates of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have in a decisive decision given former President John Dramani Mahama the go-ahead to lead the party as its flagbearer into the 2020 polls.
Figures available to Citi News show that John Mahama at the end of the NDC’s primaries on Saturday secured an overwhelming 213,443 votes representing 95.24 percent of the total valid votes cast with the other six contenders managing with about 4 percent.
A former Vice-Chancellor of University of Professional Studies; Accra (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi came second with 3,399 votes representing 1.516% of the total valid votes cast.
The Second Deputy Speaker and Member of Parliament for Nadowli/Kaleo, Mr Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin, despite a spirited campaign polled 2313 votes representing 1.032% of the total votes cast, placing third.
Goosie Tanoh, founder of the Reformed Party, a breakaway from the NDC came fourth with 2038 votes respectively representing 0.909%.
The former Trades and Industry Minister in the Mahama government, Ekwow Spio Garbrah received 1457 votes which represent 0.650% of the total votes.
Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Mr Sylvester Mensah and businessman secured 932 of valid votes cast representing o.415 percent.
A businessman, Nurudeen Iddrisu placed seventh with a paltry 519 votes representing 0.231%.
About 224,101 delegates took part in the election representing over 99.20% of the turnout.
Bagbin beats Mahama at Nadowli/Kaleo
Although Mahama won overwhelmingly Alban Bagbin pulled a surprise victory in the Nadowli/Kaleo constituency where he, Bagbin is the Member of Parliament.
Alban Bagbin polled 383 votes while John Mahama polled 367 votes.
Professor Joshua Alabi got 24 votes with Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Goosie Tanoh and Nurudeen Iddrisu polling 7, 6 and three votes respectively in the Nadowli/Kaleo constituency.
Former NHIA boss, Sylvester Mensah, however, polled two votes.
Before the election, John Mahama had been hit with two lawsuits challenging his eligibility to seek for re-election as president.
In the suit sighted by citinewsroom.com, a former Secretary of the NDC in the Trobu constituency in Accra, Edmund Palmer sought to restrain Mahama from contesting in the party’s presidential primaries.
Edmund Palmer in his writ wanted the court to stop Mahama “from pursuing his bid to be elected as a flagbearer/presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress in his capacity as a former president of the Republic of Ghana, without the permission of Parliament.”
The former NDC Trobu Secretary also wanted the court to order John Mahama “to wind up the activities of his campaign office that was established to seek to coordinate his activities in his quest to become flagbearer/presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress.”
MPs endorse Mahama
Before the primaries, 94 out of the 106 NDC Members of Parliament (MPs) led by Odododiodio legislator, Nii Lantey Vandapuye endorsed Mahama.
They said he is the only candidate who can lead the party to victory in the next polls.
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP’s ) MP for the Sekondi constituency, Andrew Kofi Egyapa Andrew Mercer earlier on Saturday also predicted that John Dramani Mahama would cruise to victory saying, “I don’t think there’s going to be any shocker” in the polls.
We’ll be united as a party –Mahama
John Mahama had also assured that the party would remain united regardless of the outcome of today’s presidential primaries.
Speaking to journalists shortly after casting his vote in the Bole constituency, the former president allayed fears of any form of division in the NDC.
“NDC has always been united after we have gone to primaries. If you remember in 2004, Prof. Mills contested with Kwesi Botchwey and after which the elections were held. In 2006, [Mahama] Iddrisu and Spio contested Prof. Mills and afterwards, we came together and we fought the election in 2008 and we were victorious.”
“So this shouldn’t be a problem. All those standing are recognized members of the NDC. They have served the party in various positions. We are all brothers so once we get over this, we will all work together,” he added.