Accra, Oct. 10, GNA – Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah,
an aspirant of the flagbearer position of the National Democratic Congress
(NDC), says he is the preferred candidate to lead the Party amongst the 11
individuals vying for the position for the 2020 Election.
“By virtue of the long struggle to lead the
Party since 2006, I have the integrity, intelligence, track record, the right
attitude, and credibility to lead the Party to victory,” he said.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News
Agency in Accra on Wednesday, Dr Spio-Gabrah noted that there is no smack of
corruption allegation against him, which makes him the ideal person.
He said another important issue that put him
ahead of the other contenders was the likelihood for him to run for two terms
unlike some other aspirants who had only one term to rule.
“Why will the Party spend time, energy and
resources to front a candidate who can only rule for four years? I am the only
one with the pedigree and potential to run for two terms, re-band and transform
the Party to set a record by winning the next election,” he said.
“Going by the norm, after contesting with late
President John Evans Atta Mills and placing second, I am the most qualified
candidate for the mantle.”
He said although various surveys had predicted
that he was the favourite candidate for the position, he appealed to the
delegates to vote for him to articulate the visions of the Party and enforce
its values of probity, integrity and accountability.
Dr Spio-Garbrah stated that the flag bearer
race would be determined by 1000 ex-appointees who benefited from their
specific appointments as against the more than 200,000 delegates who got
nothing and were dissatisfied.
Asked about the concerns of delegates at the
grassroots, he noted that they did not want a leader who could be called
“corrupt or incompetent.”
“The Party now needs to get fresh,
re-energized blood into the system for a new and improved NDC,’’ he said.
He said the needs of delegates had changed,
hence their call for a leader who would not be an easy target for their
opponents come 2020.