Former Ghanaian president John Dramani Mahama has indicated his interest in running for the presidency of his country in 2020.
On Thursday, he officially presented his letter of intent to the General Secretary of the party, the National Democratic Congress and tweeted his action.
“I have taken into consideration the groundswell of support the never-ending calls and encouraging from a large section of our party elders, members of our party, supporters and Ghanaians from diverse backgrounds.
“I have prayed diligently about the tasks ahead and I believe I owe a duty to God and my country to take our great party back into government to the right the wrongs of the past and to put an end to the cries of the people under the current dispensation,” he said.
I have submitted my letter to the General Secretary of the NDC confirming my decision to contest for the leadership of the party with a clear view on victory in 2020, with your support. https://t.co/XUiKgihj7d via @YouTube#JMDeclares2020
— John Dramani Mahama (@JDMahama) August 23, 2018
He is the 10th aspirant within his party.
Mahama, born on 29 November, 1958, served as Ghana’s president between 2012 and 2017.
He ascended the office on 24 July, 2012 as a result of the death of President John Atta Mills.
He previously served as Vice President of Ghana from 2009 to 2012.
A communication expert, historian, and writer, Mahama was a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2009 and Minister of Communications from 1998 to 2001.
He was elected to serve a full term as President in the December 2012 election.
He ran for re-election to a second full term in the 2016 election, but was defeated in the first round by New Patriotic Party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, whom he had defeated four years prior. This makes him the first president in the history of Ghana who failed to win a second term.
In retirement, Mahama has been involved with election monitoring across Africa, from Sierra Leone to Liberia and Zimbabwe, under the aegis of the African Union.