NDC Presidential Running Mate John
Accra, April 9, Ghanadot/GNA –
Mr. John Dramani Mahama, a communication consultant, is
the running mate of Professor John Atta Mills, flag
bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), for
the forthcoming 2008 elections, Party officials
confirmed on Wednesday.
Mr. Mahama, who is the incumbent Member of Parliament
(MP) for Bole-Bamboi, was born on November 29, 1958 at
Damongo into a family of a rich political tradition
dating back to the First Republic.
His father, Mr Emmanuel Adama Mahama was the first MP
for Gonja West and the first Regional Commissioner of
the Northern Region during the First Republic.
Mr. John Mahama is currently Minority Parliamentary
Spokesman for Foreign Affairs and member of the Pan
African Parliament, representing Ghana for a five-year
term ending 2008.
An eloquent champion of the underprivileged, Mr. Mahama
is very much concerned about the plight of the people,
especially rural communities, whom he always regarded as
producers of the bulk of Ghana’s raw materials and food
requirements, but vulnerable.
“As a practical demonstration and as a man of the people
who backs his words with deeds, John, even before
contesting for the parliamentary seat of Bole, assisted
in exploring avenues for the provision of hostel
facilities to students of Bole Secondary School.
“He is one person who detests personality cult and
always welcomes constructive criticisms,” said Mr
Ibrahim Mahama, his brother, who described the MP as “a
man who has sworn never to impose his ideas on the
people in his constituency but would always seek counsel
Mr. Mahama had his secondary education up to ‘A’ Level
at Ghana Secondary School, Tamale, and proceeded to the
University of Ghana where he obtained a degree in
History in 1981.
In 1986, he graduated from the School of Communication
He pursued a two-year special post-graduate programme at
the Institute of Social Sciences in Moscow, specializing
in Social Psychology.
From 1991 to 1996, he worked as the Information, Culture
and Research Officer at the Embassy of Japan in Accra.
He moved to Plans International, Ghana Country Office as
International Relations, Sponsorship Communications and
Grants Manager the same year.
Mr. Mahama has had additional professional training both
at home and abroad.
In 1993, he participated in a course for Overseas Public
Relations Staff, organized by the Japanese Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. He also participated in a management
development course organized by PLAN International (RESA)
in Nairobi, Kenya.
He was first elected to the Parliament of Ghana in 1996
to represent the Bole/Bamboi Constituency for a
He was appointed Deputy Minister of Communications in
April 1997 and rose to become the substantive Minister
of Communications in November 1998, a position he held
until January 2001 when the NDC Administration handed
over power to the Kufuor-led government of the New
As Minister, Mr Mahama served as Chairman of the
Communications Authority. In this capacity, he played a
key role in stabilizing Ghana’s telecommunications
sector after it was deregulated in 1997.
He served as a member of the National Economic
Management team and also a member of the Implementation
Committee of the 2000 National Population Census, and a
founding member of the Ghana AIDS Commission.
He also served as deputy chairman of the Publicity
Committee for the re-introduction of Value Added
Mr. Mahama was re-elected in 2000 as MP for Bole/Bamboi
for another four-year period. He again won the seat in
2004 for a third term.From 2001 to 2004, he served as
spokesman for Communications. In 2002, he was appointed
Director of Communications of the NDC.
In 2002, Mr. Mahama was among International Observers
who watched Zimbabwe’s parliamentary elections.
He is a Member of the UNDP Advisory Committee on
Conflict Resolution in Ghana.
Mr. Mahama attended numerous conferences and won many
Fellowships, including a study at Johns Hopkins
University, Baltimore, USA. He
is also a Gates Fellow.
He is married to Lordina and they have four children.