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13.08.2006 Politics

Mahama still undecided

By JFM
Mahama still undecided
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The NDC's Member of Parliament for Bole-Bamboi, John Mahama says he's yet to decide whether to contest his party's flagbearership for the 2008 presidential election.

Mr. Mahama is under pressure from his admirers both within and outside the NDC, to make a pronouncement on his political future.

Now a group calling itself, Friends of John Mahama seems to be piling the most pressure on the Bole MP asking him to make his intentions known.

The group says he represents the future of the party and seems the most suitable candidate for the crucial 2008 presidential poll.

But Mr. Mahama, who is also the minority spokesman on Foreign Affairs is calling for restraint. He told JOY News he's still consulting and would make his intentions known at the appropriate time.

“Everywhere I go, I get people telling me to join the race. I have been consulting and very soon I would be through with that; I am left with just two people to talk too then I would take that decision. I however wish to tell my supporters to exercise restraint. We shouldn't do anything to divide the party because we need to have a united front going into the 2008 race, he said.

The Friends of John Mahama in Kumasi drew parallels between former Vice President Prof Atta Mills to that of Mr. Mahama saying the Professor has not been able to lead the party successfully in previous elections because of his calm demeanor.

But Mr. Mahama says Prof. Mills is still a force to reckon with in the party.

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