2020: I’ll run if Mahama doesn’t – V. Smith
Ghana’s former High Commissioner to the UK, Victor Smith, has said he will run for president in 2020 on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) if former president John Mahama opts out of the race.
Several heavyweights in the NDC are speculated to be interested in running on the party’s ticket.
They include former Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) Prof Joshua Alabi; former Minister of Trade Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, former CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Sylvester Mensah, former Majority Leader Alban Bagbin, current Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu, and Mr John Mahama, who has not said publicly whether he will run or not.
Even though Mr Smith has consistently said the NDC’s best bet for 2020 is Mr Mahama, he told Kwadwo Asare-Baffour Acheampong (KABA) on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen political talk show on Friday, 26 May that he may consider running if Mr Mahama decides not to go.
“Nothing like that at the moment,” he said when asked directly if he will run for president, but added, however: “If President Mahama says he won’t run again, I may suggest something else. If he says he won’t go … then I’ll offer myself.
“I’ve been through enough and I don’t see the commitment from certain people … I don’t see the kind of drive I’m looking for. Not because of NDC per se but for Ghana because we can’t be making the same mistakes, otherwise that upheaval we talked about one day will face us.”