Office of Alhaji Aliu Mahama
Former Vice President
Republic of Ghana
NPP Primaries for Presidential Candidate
On August 7 2010, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) would be going to congress to elect a presidential candidate for Election 2012. For the avoidance of doubt, former Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama would not be contesting. This statement should bring to an end months of speculation as to whether he would or would not run. The former Vice President wishes to express his sincere gratitude to family, friends, supporters and well-wishers who have encouraged him to take part in the contest. Equal gratitude also goes to the many people who frankly asked him not to.
Having served Ghana and the NPP creditably and faithfully as Vice President for two consecutive terms, Alhaji Aliu Mahama prefers to devote his energy at this time towards building a united NPP that will stand behind whoever would be elected presidential candidate in August to prosecute a campaign that would return the NPP to power in 2012.
To this end, he is appealing to all contestants to play by the rules, bury their differences and work towards achieving one end, which is winning the 2012 elections. Alhaji Mahama would also like to state that this statement does not mean that he is bowing out of politics. For as long as there is life and good health, he would play any role that God, country and party would demand of him now or in the future.
Abdul-Wahab Alhassan, 0202013817, Aide to the former Vice President
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