Immediate past President John Dramani Mahama has emphasized the importance of safeguarding constitutional governance, describing it as “the best” form of governance. The former president conveyed this message through a Facebook post on August 13, where he shared a flyer with his thoughts.
In his post, he stated, “Constitutional governance is still best. It allows us to peacefully change our leaders if we believe they are not working in the interest of the people! 483 days to go for the verdict of the people.”
This post serves as a countdown to the upcoming 2024 elections, where Mahama is vying for the position of presidential flagbearer for the National Democratic Congress.
This will mark Mahama’s fourth consecutive attempt at the presidency. He previously won the election in 2012 but experienced defeats in 2016 and 2020 to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
This statement from Mahama arrives amidst a context in which West Africa is grappling with a recent coup in Niger, where a junta ousted democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum from office last month. The regional organization, ECOWAS, has proposed dialogue and potential military intervention to reinstate Bazoum and remove the junta. The military intervention option has received criticism, while the junta has recently expressed a willingness to engage in discussions.