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Aliu Mahama’s son reveals his dad's reaction after being defeated in 2007 NPP Presidential contest.

Back at 2007, seventeen members of the New Patriotic Party contested for the position of a flag bearer of the party. Prominent among them were Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo, Alan Kyerematen and Aliu Mahama. Unfortunately for Aliu Mahama, he couldn’t emerge as the winner of the 2007 NPP Presidential contest but suffered defeat. He emerged as the third with a total votes of 146 where as that of Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo and Alan Kyerematen were 1,096 and 738 votes respectively.

Farouk Mahama, the son of Aliu Mahama, has revealed how his father reacted upon suffering defeat in the 2007 NPP Presidential Contest.Farouk Mahama said his father accepted the defeat with calmness and threw in his support for the New Patriotic Party. According to Farouk Mahama, his father was supposed to have gone for a second round but chose to instill peace and unity within the NPP by telling supporters of Alan kyerematen and his rival (Akufo Addo) to support Akufo Addo. He further revealed that the NPP haven't regretted choosing Akufo Addo as their flag bearer because he has been a great leader. He said:

“My late father brokered peace in the party. When they did the elections, my late father was third and needed to go for a second round. He was the person with the needed numbers to sway the elections in a candidate’s favor but he told the Nana Addo and Alan Kyerematen camps that they needed to rally around Nana Addo and support him. We have no regret because Nana Addo has been a great leader.”

Farouk Mahama indicated that whiles the presidential contests was on going, he wished his father had emerged as the flag bearer of the NPP but fate decided the otherwise. However, he indicated that the NPP made a right choice in selecting Akufo Addo as their flagbearer. He said:

“The NPP is a democratic party. We have our choice and the party chose Nana Akufo Addo as the leader of the party, they didn’t choose my late father. He took it calmly and I believe we made a good choice. I wanted my father to be president but the party chose Nana Akufo Addo.” 

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