Joseph Bipoba Naabu, NDC Member of Parliament for Yunyoo, has said former President John Dramani Mahama lacked competence when he was president of Ghana, which contributed to the defeat of the NDC in last year’s elections.
Mr Mahama and the NDC lost both the presidential and parliamentary elections to the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Few months after the elections, some stalwarts of the NDC have called on the former president to stage a comeback in the 2020 elections.
However, speaking in an interview with Class 91.3FM’s parliamentary correspondent Ekow Annan on Tuesday 21 March, Mr Naabu said Mr Mahama will perform poorly in the 2020 elections if he decides to run for president again.
He said: “Even though it’s my party and I wish that we would have won the elections, it was because of our behaviour, and the president himself took things for granted, that was why we lost. He thought he was going win hands down but rather he lost heavily and massively. I will say lack of competence and he also not having control, people were just telling him lies within the presidency.
“Take Omane Boamah for instance. What experience has he got in politics? If he goes to contest elections in the constituency where he comes from, can he win that election? But the former president was listening to such people and that is the problem with him. Those who were surrounding him were not telling him the truth.
“He was the president and he went and contested with Nana Akufo-Addo and lost so miserably… Now, if President Mahama comes, what is he going to do? Is he the only person and why should it be him? I want to tell him categorically that if he comes, he will rather mess up more. And those people calling for him to come back were the people he appointed as ministers, people he made deputy ministers, they were the people who were chief executive officers of government institutions – they are the people calling him to come back.”