Renowned pollster Ben Ephson has said that former President John Mahama should not contemplate winning the 2024 general elections if he maintains his 2020 running mate, Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang.
Ephson said Mahama would have to repackage himself and form a strong alliance by choosing any of the National Democratic Congress’s presidential contenders as his running mate.
Speaking to Beatrice Adu on The Big Bulletin on Tuesday (19 April), Ephson said: “Mahama would have to repackage himself because a Mahama with the same running mate is going to be difficult [to win 2024 general elections]. He may have to form an alliance or perhaps, pick one of the [NDC presidential contenders] as his running mate.
“Because where Mahama is, he has the advantage of being marketed already. And Mahama with all his body language looks like retaining his running mate for 2020 [general elections]. If he does, I think he should forget 2024.”
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New candidate stands chance of winning 2024
The EIU, however, expects the opposition NDC to try to revitalise its prospects with a fresh candidate aside from the former president, John Dramani Mahama who is reportedly considering running again in 2024.
The EIU’s five-year forecast for Ghana released on 13 April 2022 stated that “The former president, John Mahama, is reportedly considering running again, but we expect the opposition NDC to try to revitalise its prospects with a fresh candidate.”
“Our baseline forecast is that ongoing public dissatisfaction with the slow pace of improvements in governance—such as infrastructure development, job creation and easing of corruption—will trigger anti-incumbency factors and push the electorate to seek a change. The NDC, therefore, stands a reasonable chance of winning the 2024 elections,” the EIU said.