The People’s National Convention (PNC) has expressed their joy about the exit of the party’s flagbearer, Dr. Edward Nasigiri Mahama, after the latter recently disclosed that he will not contest as the flagbearer of the party again.
“The news about his exit has come as a big relief to us,” the Nkrumaist party said, adding that they “find it as very unfortunate to come from him at this period when he knows the party is preparing for its congress.”
Speaking on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia program, National Organiser of the PNC, Desmond Ntow explained that Mr. Nasigiri had abandoned the party right after the 2020 elections.
“So to hear about his exit as the flagbearer comes as very welcoming news to us and we have accepted though he is yet to officially communicate to us,” he stated.
He added that at the moment the party is preparing for its congress and a decision on who to replace him would be discussed at their NEC meeting.
Dr. Edward Nasigre Mahama, the 2016 presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC), says he will not be contesting this year’s presidential election.
“I am stepping aside as the presidential candidate of the PNC. I will not contest either the party’s presidential primary or the national elections,” he told the Daily Graphic in a telephone interview yesterday.
Born in the village of Sumniboma in the Northern Region on April 15, 1945, Dr. Mahama, running for the first time as the presidential candidate of the PNC in 1996, received three percent of the votes cast.
In his second attempt at the presidency in 2000, he garnered 2.5 percent of the votes.
In preparations towards the 2004 presidential election, the PNC and two other parties — the Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere (EGLE) and the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) — formed an alliance known as the Grand Coalition and chose Dr. Mahama as its presidential candidate.
He placed third out of the four candidates in that election, winning 1.9 percent of the votes.
Dr. Mahama was again elected the candidate of the PNC for the December 7, 2008, presidential election.
He lost the position of the presidential candidate of the PNC to Mr. Hassan Ayariga in the run-up to the 2012 general election. However, he won the position back from Ayariga for the 2016 elections and garnered 20,910 votes, representing 0.20 percent of the total votes cast.