-To counter the John ‘Magnetic’ Mahama fever
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is seized with phobia over Ghana's hottest political revelation, Ahobrasehene President John Dramani Mahama as the party grimly regrets the passing away of former president John Atta Mills.
Although, the whole nation was seen to be thrown into mourning when the announcement came on the 24th of July this year that the then president, John Atta Mills had died, the immediate reaction of some in the opposition NPP, was one of contentment since they saw the once popular and dominant candidate as no more a stumbling block to their quest to regain power.
Unknown to them, and like the popular saying; when one door shuts, another opens, the real worth of President Mills' vice, John Dramani Mahama, was yet to be recognized.
Not even the earlier verdict by business magnate and Council of State Member, Alhaji Asuma Banda that, “Mr. John Mahama was the only vice president I have seen who is very visible whiles the rest are just spare tyres to their Presidents” could prick the conscience of the Doubting Thomases.
However, their disposition was not to last more than eight hours after Mills' death and with the swearing-in of the then Vice President John Mahama as the President of Ghana, the NPP began revising its note.
President Mahama has since that fateful night endeared himself so much to majority of the people particularly, the people of northern Ghana, so much that, the NPP, according to a source close to its presidential candidate, Nana Akufo Addo has become very uncomfortable.
Reports reaching The Al-Hajj from the three northern regions and Zongo communities across the country indicate that the opposition NPP is fast losing grip on its supporters of northern extraction to the ruling NDC candidate.
This, according to a source, has prompted the flagbearer of the NPP, Nana Akufo Addo and his campaign team and strategists to dispatch his running-mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to the north with firm instructions to remain there for a month to ensure that he is able “to hold-back the John Mahama craze”.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has since last Wednesday arrived in the northern regional capital, Tamale, and is expected to spend 16 days touring the constituencies.
The 2012 running mate of Nana Akufo Addo is also expected to move to the Upper East and West regions where he will spend seven days in each region.