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15.10.2006 Politics

John Mahama Drops

By daily guide
John Mahama Drops
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Hon. John Dramani Mahama, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bole, has changed the equation of the National Democratic congress (NDC) flagbearership race with his withdrawal from the forthcoming December 16th primaries of the party, D. Guide has learnt.

The decision by the MP, one-time communications Minister during the NDC administration, has put to rest, media speculations about whether or not he would vie for the NDC presidential slot.

Speculations were rife that John was going to announce his candidature for the slot this week after thorough consultations with interest groups in and outside the party.

The Bole MP, who is also the Minority spokesman on Foreign Affairs, is said to have left everything in the hands of God, whose time, he said, is the best in such matters.

Efforts by newsmen to get John Mahama to give a definite “yes” or “no” answer about whether he would run for the race or not, has always drawn a diplomatic “give me sometime” response.

This development, coming at the heels of Jerry Rawlings' anointing of Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, is significant, even though it is difficult to tell whether the declaration played a part in the MP's final decision or not.

D. Guide has been told that John Mahama is yet to pick a nomination form from the party headquarters, thus underscoring his indecision on the forthcoming primaries of the NDC.

The latest media attempts to get Hon. John Dramani Mahama to talk on his bid for the December primaries of the NDC, yielded a different response from previous ones, because he gave an assurance that “give me up to this weekend, and I'll break my silence.

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