Former President John Dramani Mahama and his running mate, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang.

Managing Editor of the Daily Dispatch Newspaper, Ben Ephson, has indicated that former President John Mahama doesn’t stand a chance in the 2024 election if he maintains his running mate, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang.

Mr. Ephson, who is a renowned pollster made the comment in relation to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)’s prediction that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is likely to win the 2024 elections.

The EIU report stated that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) stands a better chance in winning the 2024 elections. It however indicated that the party could make its chances brighter without former President John Mahama as candidate.

This notwithstanding, Mr. Epshon, speaking on Joy FM’s Top Story on Tuesday, revealed that a survey he conducted indicated that if a flagbearership election is held by the NDC now, Mr. Mahama would win.

“If today, if April the NDC held a flagbearership contest I think Mahama will win. In a year’s time, I am not sure,” the pollster said.

He however noted that for the former President to win the 2024 elections, he must change his running mate, “clearly, if Mahama wins the NDC flagbearership slot and he is not going to change his running mate, he is going to have difficulties in 2024.”

He also mentioned that Mr. Mahama has a lot of ground to cover, which according to him, is one of the reasons he lost badly in the 2020 elections. As a result, he advised Mr. Mahama to change his strategy for 2024.

“I mean NDC getting about 28, 30 seats of the 32 seats… and Mahama loses by 540,000 votes tells you that there was something Mahama was doing wrong. One of it was his inability to be consistent on the Free SHS,” Mr. Ephson explained.

Meanwhile, Director of Elections and Research of the New Patriotic Party, Evans Nimako, has refuted the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)’s prediction that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is likely to win the 2024 elections.

He said Ghanaians will vote for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) again in the 2024 elections.

“I can assure you we’ve always said the battle is the Lord’s and know we will be going to the election in 2024. A huge majority of the Ghanaian population will be going to that poll and then they will decide the way forward for the good people of Ghana and I can assure you that definitely, the people will vote for the New Patriotic Party once again,” he said.

But former Deputy Minister for Communications, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, has aslo rejected portions of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)’s 2022 report which says that “that the opposition party can revitalise this prospect of victory with a fresh presidential candidate.”

Speaking in an interview on Joy FM’s Midday News on Tuesday, Mr. Kwakye Ofosu affirmed that former President John Mahama will be on the ballot paper in the 2024 election.

According to him, it won’t make sense for the party to waste resources in changing him because he resonates with the rank and file of the party.

Felix Kwakye Ofosu said the NDC only has to correct whatever went wrong in the 2020 elections to ensure a smooth victory.