“I will quit politics if Mahama get votes,” say NDP member

Former president of Ghana John Mahama throws his hat back in the ring for the 2020 election after loosing to Nana Addo in 2016

John Mahama’s anticipated return to the presidential limelight has caused quite a stir among Ghanaians. The former president and National Democratic Congress (NDC) hopeful announced his intentions to run in the 2020 election on Thursday.

Mahama’s decision return has been met with mixed reactions. Many in Ghana wonder why Mahama would see it fit to run again after his loss in 2016 to Nana Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Mahama was the first sitting president in Ghana’s history to lose the election as an incumbent. Historically, throughout most of the world, the odds tend to favor the incumbent in presidential elections. In fact, in the US only five presidents have lost while in power out of the 44 heads of state.

Angered by the announcement Ernest Owusu Bempah of the National Democratic Party (NDP) declared, “I will quit politics if Mahama gets 30% votes in 2020.” reported Global News Ghana

John Mahama still has strong support among many in Ghana despite having a presidency marked by heavy allegations of corruption. High unemployment rates and poor government performance  were other reasons cited for his 2016 loss to Addo.

Here are some other reactions to his announcement.



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