The opposition National Democratic Congress needs a fresh face to lead it to the 2020 general elections if it is to make an impact, a former National Security Advisor has said.
Brig. Gen. Joseph Nunoo-Mensah said Ghana has become too stale and needs a break from the norm which has pervaded the country’s leadership for some time now.
He said the achievement of Emmanuel Macron in France whom he said is shaking up the system there should serve as an example to the opposition party and the country.
Gen. Nunoo Mensah was speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Thursday in an answer to a question as to who is the NDC’s best bet going into the next election in 2020.
President John Mahama who lost the 2016 presidential election is widely tipped to run again for the NDC’s flagbearership.
He served only one term and hopes to serve his second and last term in office if he wins the 2020 election.
But he has to battle a forest of others lining up for the presidential slot of the opposition party.
Former Chief of Staff Nana Ato Dadzie told Super Morning Show host Kojo Yankson that Mr. Mahama, if he learns from his mistakes, will make a good candidate.
Appearing overly uncommitted, Mr. Ato Dadzie said, “Mr John Mahama had quite a number of faults. He has to unlearn certain things.
“We must [keep at bay family and friends] and let the party itself take leadership. Look you are president because you have been nominated by the party so we should see the party in government,” he asserted, alluding to persistent complaints in the opposition that Mr. Mahama’s family took precedence over party structures.
He suggested the former president can still lead the party “unless he shows us that he learnt nothing from the past.”
But Brig. Gen. Nunoo Mensah who was National Security Advisor in the late President John Atta Mills’ government disagreed.
“We need something fresh and new, [something] dynamic like Nkrumah when he came to Ghana to shake us up; we are too stale; old and stale; look in Ghana a lot of things are sinking; we need to have leadership that is young and dynamic,” he said.
Source: Joy News