NDC Race: I’ve not betrayed Mahama, Kojo Bonsu – Fritz Baffour
Written by saltfmghana on October 15, 2018
A Former Minister of Information, Fritz Baffour, has refuted claims he has betrayed former president John Mahama as well as former Kumasi Mayor, Kojo Bonsu, following his decision to endorse Alban Bagbin for the flagbearer position of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Mr. Baffour, now the Director of Campaign and Communication for Team Bagbin, at a news conference said it would be unfair for anyone to suggest he has betrayed Messrs Mahama and Bonsu
“It is not the question of turning my back on the previous president [Mr Mahama]”, adding: “He is someone I know and I respect and the fact that he is standing [for the flag bearer slot] is very much his right”.
Baffour who was appointed a minister by the late former President John Evans Atta Mills further denied suggestions his decision to support Bagbin is as a result of not getting an appointment under Mahama’s tenure.
On why he did not stick to Bonsu having been part of the team that followed the football administrator to the office of former President Jerry John Rawlings to make known his intention to contest, Baffour said, “Kojo Bonsu and I have been friends dating back a long time and he knew that I was with A.S.K. Bagbin and he said if I could help him along and I said why not, it’s always a pleasure to see our leader and founder Jerry John Rawlings and it was a good opportunity to re-engage and meet with him. So, as I said, I am a member of the NDC and I went as a member of the NDC and I have not dumped him.”
The 2020 race for NDC flagbearer has thrown up the highest-ever expression of interest.
About 10 persons, including former President Mahama, have declared their intention to contest for the flagbearership position of the NDC.
The rest are former Deputy Minister of Finance and MP for Cape Coast South, Kweku Ricketts Hagan; former Minister of Trade, Ekwow Spio Garbrah; former Chief Executive of the National Health Insurance (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah; former Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies (UPSA), Prof Joshua Alabi; a young lawyer and a member of the party’s communication team, Elikplim Agbemava.