Politics of Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Former Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor, has said he cannot tell for certain whether former president John Mahama, under whom he served as a minister, is the right person to lead the National Democratic Congress into the 2020 elections or not.
Mr Mahama is battling a raft of aspirants including former mayor of Kumasi Kojo Bonsu; former Minister of Trade and Industries Ekow Spio-Garbrah; former Greater Accra Regional Minister Prof Joshua Alabi; former CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Sylvester Mensah; former Central Regional Minister Kweku Ricketts-Hagan; former aide to Mr Jerry John Rawlings, Goosie Tanoh; Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin; legal practitioner Elikplim Agbemava; businessman Nurudeen Iddrisu and Handyman Stephen Atubiga.
Asked on Tuesday, 27 November 2018 if he thought Mr Mahama was the best choice for the party ahead of the 2020 polls, Dr Donkor told Accra-based Starr FM that: “I don’t know”.
He continued: “I don’t know because if with him we win 2020, he would have been the best choice. If we don’t win, it would have been a wrong choice”.
In his estimation, even though Mr Mahama appears to be the “most marketed NDC candidate”, “there’s divided opinion in the NDC”.
“There are people who think that he should be a kingmaker rather than a king. There are others who also think that he is the most marketable NDC candidate at the moment”, Dr Donkor explained.
At the end of 2015, Mr Mahama held Dr Donkor to his own promise in February that year that he would resign as Power Minister if he failed to solve the erratic power situation (dumsor) which was in its worst stage at the time.
In his State of the Nation Address that year, Mr Mahama told parliament that: “I will hold the minister to his publicly stated commitment to resolve the electricity supply deficit by the end of this year ”.