Bawumia Appeals to Mahama: You’ve served as president before, let me also lead


Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) flagbearer, has made a request to former President John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), urging him to allow him to assume the presidency, citing his eligibility for two terms compared to Mahama’s one-term limit.


During a meeting with Wa Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo IV at his Palace in Wa on Sunday, May 19, Dr. Bawumia emphasized the need for a smooth transition of power, highlighting their shared Northern heritage.


He expressed, “Myself and my main opponent [John Dramani Mahama] are all your children. We are both from the North and he has been president before but I haven’t been president before, so I have told him [John Dramani Mahama] that he is my senior brother, and he should have patience for me so I can also become president of this country.”


Dr. Bawumia further elaborated on the potential for his presidency to span two terms, contrasting with Mahama’s single-term tenure. He stated, “I will be able to be president for eight years, and he can only be president for four years, so if the presidency is coming home, then we should have it for eight years rather than four years.”


His remarks underscored a strategic appeal to Mahama, urging him to consider the broader implications of their respective candidacies and the potential for long-term stability and continuity in governance.


Dr. Bawumia’s assertion reflects his vision for the future of Ghana and his belief in the importance of leadership succession based on merit and democratic principles.


As the political landscape evolves in the lead-up to the elections, Dr. Bawumia’s message serves as a reminder of the complexities and considerations involved in the democratic process. His appeal to Mahama underscores the need for unity and cooperation within the political sphere for the greater good of the nation.


Ultimately, Dr. Bawumia’s call for a smooth transition of power emphasizes the importance of democratic principles and the peaceful transfer of leadership in ensuring the stability and progress of Ghana.

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