National Organiser of the NDC, Kofi Adams

The spokesperson for ex-president Jerry John Rawlings, Mr Kofi Adams has reiterated his desire for defeated presidential candidate John Dramini Mahama to lead the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2020 polls.

This call came only a day after former President Rawlings launched a scathing attack on Mahama and the leadership of the NDC for the party’s abysmal performance at the 2016 polls.

Speaking on CitiFm’s Eyewitness news, Mr Adams, who also serves as the National Organiser of the NDC, said, “I don’t want a flagbearer who sees it as an achievement to be a flagbearer. I want a flagbearer who has been a president before.”

Queried on how Mr Rawlings would react to his open endorsement of Mahama, Mr Adams said Mr Rawlings was an open-minded man who would listen to arguments but not impose his views on others.

He said, “What President Rawlings hates is lies. He would say ‘If you have your facts and I have my facts, come let’s debate.’ What he hates is deviating from those basic fundamental principles.”

Mr Adams also responded to calls from members of the party to step aside and not contest for any leadership positions. He said that calls of such kind were only normal in the bitter aftermath of electoral defeat and disclosed he is as yet undecided if he’ll vie again for National Organiser.

“We’ve heard these statements again and again any time elections are lost. Let us get to that time and we’ll take individual decision,” Mr Adams said.

The flagbearership of the NDC has been a matter of controversy ever since the party lost the December polls. Several party bigwigs such as seasoned Diplomat Spio Gabrah, former Vice chancellor of University of Professional Studies, Professor Joshua Alabi and former boss for the National Health Insurance Authority, Sylvester Tetteh have all shown interest in leading the party.