PRESIDENT John Mahama has thanked the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for nominating him as the flag bearer of the party for the elections in December, in and asked all members of the party to unite to ensure victory for the party.
He gave the assurance that when endorsed at the party's September 1, 2012, special delegates congress, he would work with all members to ensure a resounding victory for the NDC in the election to continue with the good work of the late President John Evans Atta Mills.
“Prof has cut out the job for me. He has given me the tutelage on how to carry out the work. l assure you that I will not do anything to disappoint you. I will be consulting and unifying,” he said.
President Mahama made the pledge on Friday when members of the cadres corps called on him at the Castle, Osu, to express their condolence on the demise of former President Mills and to congratulate him on his new office as the President.
The cadres corps pledged their loyalty to President Mahama and promised to organise the grassroots of the NDC to ensure victory for the party in the December election.
President Mahama said former President Mills worked tirelessly to improve the living standards of the people and deepen Ghana’s democracy.
He described the tutelage he received from the former President as a professional tutelage from a man of peace, tolerance and humility.
Therefore, he said, the late President would be happy when the party won the election to continue with the good work that he had started.
The President said the death of the former President should bring all members of the NDC together to chart a common path of ensuring the success of the party in the run-up to the election.
He, therefore, thanked the cadres for offering their support, saying that the support of cadres was critical to the success of the party.
The spokesperson of the cadres corps, Mr Roger Beckley, said the death of former President Mills was a shock to them and the whole nation.
He said the late President abhorred the five diseases of the mind, which were greed, lust attachment to material things, anger and vanity.
Mr Barkley said cadres came and went away but the death of the former President was a great blow to them.
Luckily, he said, President Mahama had the same attributes of humility and tolerance of the late President.
Consequently, Mr Barkley said the cadres had pledged their unflinching support to President Mahama and would campaign for him to win this year’s election to continue with the good work of the late President.
“We the cadre pledge that we will stand by you day or night. We pledge our loyalty unconditionally to you and it is a position that not negotiable. We will get down to the grassroots and come 2012, victory shall be ours”, he said.