Former President John Dramani Mahama has assured Ghanaians of a comeback and victory for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2024 elections, in his first public appearance since the December 2020 elections. ‘I want to thank you,’ said the former President, adding, ‘Let us not be disillusioned and dismayed.’
The former President offered the promise when visiting the chiefs and people of certain coastal communities recently hit by tidal waves in the Ketu South area with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Volta Region Caucus in Parliament on Wednesday.
The former President was shown around and witnessed the magnitude of tidal wave destruction in the face of a stalled coastal defence wall project.
The former President commended the people of the Volta Region for their support and vote for the NDC in the previous election, speaking to chiefs, elders, and people of the Some Traditional Area in Agavedzi, near Aflao, and urged them not to be disappointed with the party.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all, our Volta Region Brothers and Sisters, for your unwavering support during the election.
“You didn’t disappoint me in the least; you gave it your all and did your part. Let us not be discouraged and disillusioned. They say that whoever fights a lion is a lion.
”What we need to do now is focus on reorganizing the party, selecting a new leadership, and appointing a flagbearer to lead us back into the next battle,” he continued.
“And I’m confident that in 2024, by the grace of God, by the grace of Mawu Sogbolisa, by the grace of Mawu Sogbolisa, by the grace of Mawu Sogbolisa, the NDC will return to power,” President Mahama said, citing the impact on economic activities in the area as a result of the Ghanaian government’s closure of the border, in nearby Aflao, due to health threats posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
He thanked Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, the Chairman of the Volta MPs in Parliament and a Member of the ECOWAS Parliament, for contributing to talks on the implications of the sub-regional group’s members closing their borders.
The former President noted that the abandoning of projects by prior governments by current governments was a major factor in the halted progress of the sea defence wall project that began under his administration.
After the discussion with the chiefs and residents in Agavedzi, he informed journalists, “It’s a huge concern.” Everywhere you travel in the country, you’ll discover projects abandoned by previous administrations.”
Former President Mahama stated that the incoming NDC government would spend its first year in office completing projects that had been left unfinished.
“We’re going to use the resources to complete and finish all of the initiatives that previous governments have abandoned,” he stated. You don’t create a new secondary school when there is already an abandoned secondary school.
He promised that, despite not being in power, the NDC would continue to respond to the people’s predicament as they awaited government involvement.
Former President Mahama said, “If the housefly has nothing, at least it can massage its hands,” meaning that the NDC as a government has nothing.
Former President Mahama and the Volta Regional NDC caucus in parliament were thanked by Togbega Adama III, Paramount Chief of Some Traditional Area, for their presence, donation, and encouragement. The quality of the donation, according to the Paramount Chief, was a manifestation of the NDC’s tremendous love for the people.