The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Cape Coast South constituency, Kweku Ricketts-Hagan has revealed why he opted out of the NDC flagberear race.
Speaking on AsempaFM’s Ekosii Sen Tuesday, Mr. Ricketts-Hagan said delegates have heavily endorsed the candidature of one particular aspirant hence; it was baseless to continue with his campaign.
“Some people in the party who are looking for a ‘quick return to power’ were all rooting for one candidate which they feel is well resourced to deliver 2020” he said.R
According to him, his team gave everything they have but overwhelming majority of the delegates have chosen another path, thus, former President John Mahama.
A situation he says has forced him to suspend his campaign as flagbearer aspirant of the NDC since its pointless to continue to remain in the contest he believes is predetermined.
“We gave it everything we have got but majority of the delegates that came into contact with have chosen another path so we have failed to sufficiently expand our appeal. I see this as pointless to continue my work. I, therefore, didn’t pick up nomination forms to continue my race” he said.
Mr. Ricketts-Hagan believes calling off his campaign provided the NDC an avenue to focus on areas that led to attracting a number of people to the party.L
He therefore took the opportunity to express his profound gratitude to the council of Elders adding that he will continue to support the party and the elected flagbearer to unite the party and work together to defeat the NPP in 2020.
Last August, Kweku Ricketts-Hagan declared his intention to contest as a flagbearer of the party saying he was ready to share his message based on the party’s principles to enable it to have a realistic chance of reclaiming political power in 2020.
He further explained that the best candidate to lead the party into the 2020 polls, was him because he represents the new vision and ideas the party needs going into the next presidential elections.