John Dramani Mahama, a former president, reflected on his life’s blessings and related them to his political path from an assemblyman to holding the office of president.
Mahama highlighted his own political experience 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 blessed me, He has guided my steps. Any possible office in the politics of this country, I have occupied. I have been a deputy minister, I have been a minister, I have been a Member of Parliament for three terms, I have been a vice president.
“And ultimately I have been the president of the republic of Ghana,” he added before stressing home how the trappings of office confers a sense of immortality on politicians.
“What it does is that it gives you a sense of immortality. If you are used to the trappings of office, you will think that you will never step out of 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 ticket.
Before advancing to the position of vice president under John Mills and president when Mills abdicated, 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.