Above image Ekwow Spio-Garbrah
President John Mahama has said he welcomes competition and is ready to contest anyone for the presidential ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) ahead of the 2016 elections.
Mahama is likely to go unopposed but a few names have come up including the Minister of Trade Ekwow Spio-Garbrah.
Spio-Garbrah has vehemently denied gearing up to contest Mahama.
“I wish to in the supreme interest of the NDC, government and peace loving Ghanaians assert my position that, never have I any knowledge of any ‘supposed’ Friends of Spio Garbrah which are claiming to do bidding for my candidacy.
“Besides, I have on countless platforms maintained that, I do not have any interest in contesting the party’s presidential primaries for 2016 and declared my unwavering support to His Excellency the President for 2016 and beyond,” he said in a statement.
Speaking to Radio Ghana on Wednesday, Mahama said: “The NDC is a very democratic party so we allow for competition at all levels of the party and therefore the party encourages that. This is why we are called the National Democratic Congress (NDC).”
“I believe in non-interference in the Parliamentary primaries because at that level such personal involvement could result in the choosing of candidates who will lose the general elections. Therefore it is always proper to allow for the people to elect their own candidates,” the president who is seeking a second term said.