One of the candidates hoping to lead the opposition NDC in the 2020 elections, Stephen Atubiga, has emphasized his readiness to lead the party noting that it is his time to be President.
In a statement, the popular NDC commentator considered an underdog by many, insists he feels confident about his chances and is amazed by the show of support from friends and well wishes in that regard.
“As a poor village boy from Binduri, in the Upper West Region, growning up with the dream and vision of leading Ghana one day through the great NDC, I have remained faithful and has a lot of inspiration from leaders like Nelson Mandale, Martin Luther King Junior, Steve Biko, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, JJ Rawlings, Dr. Hilla Limann, Prof. Atta Mills and the immediate past Flag Bearer John Dramani Mahama. I believe these inspirations will help me in my endeavour”.
A member of the NDC party since 1992 and being at the grassroots level, Mr. Atubiga believes that he has better stand in the race.
He touted his chances disclosing “I have been across the nation, I know the terrain more than them, and I have been to the hinterland and the villages and have interacted with them. I have been there for them more than any of the other aspirants, I know how to build the relationship with the people, I know how to pull the party along as a leader, and I know the plans I have to be able to run this country and for NDC to win the elections. It is just at my fingertips”.
Stephen Atubiga’s rise to fame is perhaps to be credited to the 2013 Supreme Court Hearing of the election petition when he was handed a mitigated sentence of three days’ imprisonment for incendiary comments he made on radio.
The NDC since losing power in 2016 in a humiliating fashion to the governing NPP has been characterized by infighting and misunderstanding over who leads the party in the 2020 elections.
Former President Mahama, Former Trade Minister, Ekow Spio Garbrah, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin have all been linked to the flagbearership race of the opposition NDC.