Tomorrow February 23rd, 2019, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) goes to poll to elect a flag-bearer to represent the party in the upcoming 2020 election.

The election which will be conducted by the Electoral Commission(EC) is expected to take place in all designated party centres across all the 16 regions.

In all, 260,000 delegates are expected to cast their ballot in 276 designated voting centres.

Seven aspirants, former President John Dramani Mahama, Mr Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin, Professor Joshua Alabi, Mr Sylvester Mensah, Mr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Alhaji Nurideen Iddrisu and Mr Goosie Tanoh will be battling it out for the sole ticket to lead the party.

Ahead of the elections, a Sunyani-based research organisation, Integrity Network & Upgrade Support Services has predicted a massive win for former President John Dramani Mahama.

Data from their research indicate that Mr Mahama will secure over 82% of valid votes cast on Saturday.

The research reveals that factors such as marketability, financial strength, track record, loyalty, personality of candidates, good interpersonal relationship with the grassroots and performance of the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia led government will play a key influence in the voting trends tomorrow.

Citing the track record of John Mahama, many delegates believe that the party will be riding on the achievements of the former leader to wrestle power from the NPP, so it is only appropriate and fair that he is given the chance to sell his own achievements.

Other delegates, per the research also revealed that the popularity of John Mahama within and outside the party makes him a formidable force against any opposition. In their words: “with JM as the leader, half of the job is done, he only needs a slight push.”

Many also see John Dramani Mahama as the most suitable(the Right Commander) candidate because according to the them, he did not shirk responsibilities neither did he apportion blame in the face of defeat in 2016 as he took the fall and urged them on.

Apart from John Mahama, Mr Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin is another popular candidate who is likely to give Mr Mahama a run for his money. Most anti-Mahama forces have fallen in tune with his aggressive style and attack on the Mahama led regime.

But the research concludes that he will still be no match for Mr Mahama as he is expected to manage only 6 percent.

Key contenders, Professor Joshua Alabi and Dr Ekow Spio Garbrah follow in that order with 4 percent each.

Whilst delegates applaud Professor Alabi for the nature of his pinpoint grassroot campaign message, Dr Ekow Spio Garbrah, on the other hand, enjoys a bit of popularity among delegates owing to his calm personality.

However, Dr Ekow Garbrah’s nemesis in the race has been his labelling of Ministers in the erstwhile Atta Mills’ regime as “Team B”.

The rest; Mr Sylvester Mensah, Mr Goosie Tanoh and Alhaji Nurideen Iddrisu are likely to get less that 1%.

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