John Dramani Mahama, a former president, reflected on his life’s blessings and related them to his political journey from an assemblyman to holding the office of president.
Mahama used his own political journey as an example of how a politician navigates life while running the risk of falling victim to the trappings of power while speaking as an invited guest at an Easter Sunday service of the Holy Hill Faith Cathedral in Accra.
God has been good to me and has led my ways. I’ve held every position there is in this nation’s politics. I have served as a vice president, a deputy minister, a minister, a member of parliament for three terms, and a minister.
He said, “And eventually, I have been the president of the republic of Ghana,” before driving home the point that having the title of president bestows on politicians a sense of invincibility.
It gives you a sensation of immortality, that’s what it does. If you are accustomed to the accoutrements of the workplace, you may believe that you will never leave that office.
In a video posted on his Facebook timeline, he is heard saying, “And so, for me; what I say to Christian politicians is let’s take Christ-like traits into the work we do as politicians.”
Thoroughbred politician John Mahama
Mahama’s father served in the Nkrumah administration during the early years of Ghana’s independence, which is where his political origins began.
He is regarded as one of the most accomplished politicians of the Fourth Republic, having served in positions ranging from municipal (Assembly) to MP for Bole Bamboi on the NDC platform.
Before advancing to the position of vice president under John Mills and president when Mills stepped down, Mahama held deputy minister and ministerial responsibilities under the Rawlings administration. In 2012, he was elected to his first full term.
He is seeking a third term in office after losing two straight elections to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2016 and 2020, and is widely likely to be chosen as the NDC’s flagbearer in a fight against three other candidates ahead of the 2024 elections.