BY MUNTALLA INUSAH
A BANKER and Oil & Gas Consultant, Mr Nurudeen Iddrisu, who has declared his intention to contest the flag bearer race of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to lead the party in the 2020 election, has debunked the assertion that he is being pushed and by former President Jerry John Rawlings to defeat former President John Dramani Mahama.
According to the 43-year-old businessman, it is his calling to save the country from its current woes and therefore it would be wrong for anybody to say he is being pushed by Mr Rawlings.
In an interview with the DAILY HERITAGE, he said, “I personally felt it was a calling to me to come and save this country, so based on that calling, I approached the former President Rawlings and sought his blessings.
“I sought the blessing of the founder and the elders, so for me, it is a calling, so I am not just being pushed by anybody, I felt it was a calling. I am the man to save the nation so that is why I have gone to the elders for their blessings.”
“It is not true that I am being pushed by former President Rawlings. That is not true. I personally feel strongly that this is my calling and I am going to sacrifice. However, I got his blessing and blessings of the elders,” he explained.
Mr Iddrisu said he believes in the empowerment of the people, especially the youth, for all-round development and stressed that he was on a mission to lead a party that would engender planned and sustained investment in the people.
“When the NDC gives me the nod to lead the party and I ultimately become the President of Ghana, I will ensure that the citizens are empowered through education, good health-care and sustainable jobs,” the businessman, who described himself as a strategic politician, stated.
“I believe that one must, as matter of respect, go round the country and consult the party faithful and also seek the advice of the elders of the party before officially declaring one’s interest in such an important race.
“I have done that and I am, therefore, convinced that I have the support of the grass roots to lead our great party in 2020,” Mr Iddrisu said.
“I will ensure that the public sector is adequately supported and the private sector empowered so that the former can serve as the foundation for the latter to operate as a true engine of growth of the Ghanaian economy.
“This is necessary because without a solid public sector, the private sector can hardly perform effectively and efficiently,” he pointed out.
According to him, he has been touring the country and interacting with elders, regional executives and the grass roots of the party to fashion ways to galvanise their energies in their quest to unite the rank and file of the party, following the heavy defeat in the 2016 general election.
Mr Iddrisu observed that the NDC as a party lost the 2016 general election on grounds that the leadership lost touch with the ordinary Ghanaian, “and you will agree with me that the absence of that connection rendered our campaign very defective.”
The flag bearer aspirant said the party was broke barely two years in opposition, saying “as we speak, the NDC is unable to pay its utility bills.”
Mr Iddrisu said he had been compelled to join the presidential race because he believes he is the right man to secure victory for the party in 2020 after the humiliating defeat it suffered in 2016.
“We have big challenges in Ghana and I want to become a President to address all of them…Ghanaians are mostly not empowered and as a result, many love to pull each other down. I will make sure that becomes a thing of the past.
“The NDC in recent times haven’t empowered the grass roots, they haven’t empowered the business community among others. As we speak, the NDC is unable to pay its utility bills because we weren’t empowered,” he had earlier told Starr FM.
The new entrant into the presidential race also disclosed that he had the full support of his uncle, Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu, and his wife, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Betty Mould Iddrisu.
“Absolutely, I have their (Betty Mould-Iddrisu and Mahama Iddrisu) full support and not only them, I have the support of former President Rawlings as well,” he asserted.