Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, National Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has confirmed that former president John Dramani Mahama is not the leader of the NDC, a party which is currently in difficult times.
According to Mr. Ampofo, when there is no flagbearer and the party is not going into an election, the leader of the party becomes the National Chairman.
Last week, suspended member of the party, Samuel Koku Anyidoho said the former president is no longer leader of the party and that he should hand over to the national chairman of the party. This sparked debates as to whether Mahama is the leader of the party or Ofosu Ampofo, the national chairman.
Speaking on Accra-based Ahotor FM on Thursday, March 11, 2021, Mr. Ampofo seems to have settled the debate when he said: “…yes, the national chairman becomes the leader of the party when we don’t have a flagbearer and we’re not going into an election.”
His comment suggests that John Mahama was the leader of the party when he was the flagbearer of the party for the 2020 presidential election. That however, is no more the case since elections are over and the party having no flagbearer for the 2024 elections.
Mr. Ampofo was however quick to add that John Mahama is still very important in the party as he was a former president of the country who is still alive and in active national politics.
“But John Mahama is very key. …The’s the only living (sic) president we have in our party is John Mahama. He’s our immediate past flagbearer of our party. …John Mahama is relevant to the party today and tomorrow,” he indicated.