Veteran Journalist and Pollster Ben Ephson has advised former President John Dramani Mahama to remain neutral in the Chairmanship race of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Should the former president openly throw his weight behind any of the two names rumoured to be interested, he will have a tough time in his bid to lead the party as its flag bearer for the third time, according Mr Ephson.
"The party's performance in 2024 will depend on two main things. How whoever is flagbearer conducts himself because if John Mahama is the flagbearer for example and he supports ‘A’ and ‘A’ does not win, you can be sure the relationship between Mahama and the person he doesn't support will not be cordial. I think that for the party's own future towards 2024. Mahama will have to be as neutral as possible, he said.
He says if the former President insists on supporting one of the aspirants, then he ought to do so discreetly.
"Even if you are going to support someone, you have to do it discreetly because these are leading members with big stature in the party. So the party's unity and coherence towards 2024 will be how the flagbearer or how the party hierarchy is non-partisan in terms of these two leading members'’, he stated.
Mr Ben Ephson made these remarks in an interview with Metro TV last Thursday, September 22, 2022.
The NDC, according Mr Ephson, has not yet recuperated from the political bruises it suffered in the last two elections.
For this reason, the Pollster has further advised delegates of the party to elect a chairman who will restore confidence in the grassroots as well as command respect among the rank and file of the party.
He adds that the Chairmanship contest between Mr Asiedu Nketia, the incumbent General Secretary and Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the incumbent National Chairman, will test the strength of the party as they prepare for election 2024.
"You will need to have a chairman who would be respected across board. You need to have a Chairman who inspires confidence in the grassroots and for the two of them, the nature of their positions, Asiedu Nketia has been General Secretary. He has worked at the various levels of the party.
"He used to be a former Member of Parliament. The same with Ofosu Ampofo - former Member of Parliament, National Chairman. So these two come in with credibility and longevity in the party's history.
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