The contest for the selection of a presidential candidate for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is getting keener on daily basis as some aspirants engages in politics of personal attack while selling their messages to delegates.
The latest “missile” is one released by presidential hopeful, Sylvester Adinam Mensah who has said former president John Mahama has lost his popularity and that he is not fit to recapture political power from the ruling New Patriotic Party.
According to the former Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority, the brand of Mr. John Mahama is no longer attractive and marketable.
Speaking on GHone TV, Sylvester Mensah who was sacked from office as NHIA CEO after six years of public service said the opposition party needs a new candidate.
A host of high profile personalities including former president John Dramani Mahama have announced their intension to contest the high office on the ticket of the NDC.
The rest of NDC presidential hopefuls are second deputy speaker of parliament Alban Bagbin, former minister of trade, Dr. Ekow Spio Garbrah, Businessman, Nurideen Iddrisu, Professor Joshua Alabi, Goosie Tanoh and Stephen Atubiga.
Many have tipped the former president, John Mahama to be retained as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2020 elections because he is more marketable among the lot.
Other political pundits also believe the former Ghanaian leader should be allowed to lead the party because he of his popularity.
But Mr. Sylvester Mensah disagrees, he says the assertion is wrong and that the electorates did not make a mistake by voting out former president John Mahama.
He said prior to the 2016 presidential elections, the former president had access to state apparatus plus incumbency advantages and yet performed poorly during the elections.
“If I sit back today and assess ones popularity that has been tested, marketed and rejected by the people, then am at a loss of what definition of marketability and popularity are? I believe that our delegates and electorates have never been wrong, their choices have always been right. Let us not test Ghanaians when they have taken a decision, let us not create the impression that the electorates were wrong”. He said.
He continued “if you are exceedingly popular and marketable which is debatable and you lose an election, you have lost being popular, lost being marketable and you have lost being an achiever”.