A fascinating book into the life of former President John Mahama reveals the then National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Bole/Bamboi constituency wanted to quit politics.
“The northern caucus had the agenda of grooming him for the presidency. The 2004 election was his last parliamentary had told friends and people around him that he would go back to school and transition into the next phase of his life, outside politics.
“I had started the admission process and was school. I had told my constituents that I wasn’t going again. The University for Development Studies had just started and I wanted to contribute to the intellectual base of that university and impart knowledge,” Mr. Mahama said.
“Getting Mahama to rescind his decision of going to school was part of the initial resistance which Bagbin and others had to deal with. They told him he should think beyond himself, that he was being supported to represent a bigger interest, a service to his people. He was carrying the hopes and dreams of the north and he should not let his people down. They managed to convince him and his family also supported the ambition to get him to the next step of the political ladder. President Mills reportedly sent a respectable traditional ruler to speak to him at a point.”
He would however also become the first to lose power after one-term.