One of the three National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer hopeful and former mayor of Kumasi, Mr Kojo Bonsu, has made a staggering revelation that his decision to contest former president John Dramani Mahama was to make the NDC stronger and to demonstrate that there is democracy within the NDC.
The former Kumasi Mayor, openly confessed that he knew from the onset of the NDC’s May 13 presidential primaries that he could not defeat the former President.
“To be honest, I didn’t believe I could beat former President Mahama from the start, but I was hoping that maybe people would change their minds and vote for me,” Mr Bonsu made this revelation on an Accra-based Citi TV’s current affairs show dubbed ‘Face to Face’.
“If I haven’t challenged Mr Mahama, how on earth would we have known that there are problems at the base because there are areas that he (Mahama) wouldn’t have visited some constituencies? But because some of us joined the contest, he (former president Mahama) went everywhere. Normally, he would only focus on certain regions, but now he has been everywhere.”
Speaking about former Finance Minister Dr Kwabena Duffuor and his contributions leading up to the primaries, as well as his eventual withdrawal from the race, Mr Bonsu said, “he is my senior man, I respect him for what he has achieved in life, and I don’t have any issues with him. He has his own way of doing things, and he is entitled to his actions.”
The former Mayor went further by saying “I did agree with him on the photo album, but I didn’t think he should have taken the matter to court. It was an internal issue that we could have resolved internally”.
“It wasn’t any serious problem he could have gone to court earlier, but waiting until the last minute gives the impression that you have ulterior motives to disrupt many things,” he noted.
Mr. John Mahama won the May 13 presidential primaries by 98.9% to become the NDC’s flagbearer for the 2024 presidential elections.