Former Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, Kojo Bonsu, has set the pace in the bid to lead the largest lead the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2024 presidential elections.
The former Mayor has hits the campaign trail with the splashing of giant billboards across the country.
Mr. Bonsu has made his intentions clear in contesting for the upcoming flagbearership race which could see him contest former President and favorite candidate, John Dramani Mahama.
He could also face stiff competition from former Finance Minister Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, the initiator of Ahotor Project seeking to energize the party’s base.
Taking the lead to ensure his visibility, the former Mayor has mounted giant billboards, some sited in portion reserved for ornamental plants.
The former Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) had announced his interest to vie for the NDC flagbearership slot throwing his hat in the ring for the 2024 elections.
According to Kojo Bonsu, he presents the party as a fresh face who ought to be given an opportunity by the party.
He has played down any threat from the former president suggesting that John Mahama’s successive defeats is an obvious indication that Ghanaians would want a new candidate hence the need for the party to repose their confidence in him.
“I don’t want to talk about him because I also want to be President. I want to contest the flagbearship race of the NDC. I will not support him this time because I want to contest. I will definitely contest.
“Former President John Mahama has contested the elections twice and lost. he is known too much by Ghanaians hence the need for a new face. There’s a need for a new person to come and lead the NDC and not Mahama this time around.”
However, the favorite aspirant appears unfazed by the names popping up to contest in the upcoming election as he has encouraged anyone who wish to contest to be given the opportunity.
Touching on the issue in one of his tours, John Mahama said that it will be in the interest of the NDC’s democratic credentials if they get multiple candidates for their primaries.
“From next year (2022), we (NDC) will begin our branch, constituency, regional and national elections. From there we will do our flagbearership elections.
“The NDC is a democratic party so all those who show interest and qualify to contest must be allowed to do so. We must all support whoever emerges victorious into the 2024 elections, and I am certain that God will give us victory,” he said.
It is open secret that the 2020 presidential candidate of the NDC will once again contest the party’s internal primary in an effort to help them wrestle power from the New Patriotic Party.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) heads to the polls to elect their Presidential Candidate in December 17, 2022.
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