Former President and Presidential hopeful in the ongoing national primaries of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama says there is no disunity in the party despite Dr. Kwabena Duffour withdrawing from the presidential contest.
Dr. Kwabena Duffour, who was vying to become the Presidential candidate of the NDC in the 2024 elections, withdrew from the primaries in a shocking turn of events Friday evening.
He announced his decision to the public yesterday after raising concerns about the party’s voters’ register.
The former Finance Minister, Dr. Duffour had filed for an injunction against the NDC presidential primaries, disclosing there are errors in the register that make it incomplete and inaccurate to be used for the elections happening today, May 13.
His campaign team emphasized that using the register will cause irreparable damage to their candidate, Dr. Kwabena Duffour, hence insisting on the legal action against the party until yesterday, after negotiations with the aggrieved aspirant, he dropped the law suit giving the party the opportunity to hold the primaries.
However, Dr. Duffour delivered the news that he will no longer contest the flagbearer race of the NDC.
Responding to whether or not Dr. Duffour’s decision could have a negative impact on the NDC, the party’s favorite, former President John Mahama said “NDC is a family and all of them are part of that family and so, as long as they are willing to come together and let’s work towards 2024, I don’t think there is any problem”.
He stressed that the party is very solid and this action by Dr. Duffour isn’t going to cause any divisions.
"His withdrwawal at the last minute there is no change in anything . . . there are many delegates who don't even know he has withdrawn so the results is still going to be what it is, I expect that it will be overwhelming victory . . . there is no disunity in the party, absolutely no, where is the disuntiy? one contender was dissatisfied with the process and withdrew it doesn't mean there is disunity," he said after casting his vote in Bole-Bamboi in the Savannah Region.
According to him the only problem is Dr. Duffuor waiting till the last three days to the elections and deciding to file an injunction and later withdrawing the injunction and withdrawing from the elections.
"It made it very difficult to deal with some of the issues they were raising at that time and so I think that that is where the problem was, but this things happen so we just look forward," he added.
Mr. John Mahama said this while speaking to the press at a polling station where the voting is taking place today.