With barely two months to go for the December 7 National Elections, questions are being asked about former first lady Lordina Mahama’s visual absence from the campaign trail.
Unlike the 2016 elections where she was seen fervently campaigning for her husband, the wife of the NDC flagbearer has been either been blanked out or has refused to join the party’s re-election bid.
According to a deep throat source within the NDC, Mrs Mahama’s absence is actually a campaign strategy considering her inability to help the party secure the needed votes in the Brong Ahafo despite the resources that was pumped in her numerous tours of the region in 2016.
“We were expecting her to influence our votes in the Brong Ahafo region where she comes from. If you looked at the resources the party pumped in her visits to chiefs and other campaign tours there, we have now realized that perhaps we must change our strategy especially in the region”, a highly placed source within the NDC told AccurateNewsGH.
There are also suggestions that her alleged role in the DKM as well as other scandals which engulfed her husband’s administration, she is not seen as a right fix for the campaign strategy hence her absence.
However, reports also suggest that all is not well in the household of NDC flagbearer John Mahama as Lordina Mahama is said to be unhappy with rumours of her husband’s alleged flings with known “slay queens”.
According to sources, the situation exacerbated after the former President’s name was mentioned in the recent social media fracas between Movie Actress Tracey Boakye and Musician Mzbel who are both staunch NDC supporters.
The two ladies were at each other’s throat over a supposed “sugar daddy” who is having an affair with both of them in return for gifts and money.
And given the fact that both ladies are supporters of the NDC and have close relationships with Mr. Mahama, his name was inevitably linked to the fracas and fingers were pointed at him as the said “sugar daddy” or “papano”, as referred to by Tracey Boakye.
According to sources, the former first lady was enraged with the situation and there are several speculations over the state of their marriage now.
Perhaps, this situation has resulted in her decision to stay off her husband’s re-election campaign trail and withdraw the support she offered him in the 2012 and 2016 elections.
Meanwhile, current first lady Madam Rebecca Akufo-Addo and second lady Samira Bawumia have added some impetus to the NPP’s campaign with their campaign visits and tours across the country.
While the first lady is currently touring constituencies within the Greater Accra Region to convince electorates to retain the NPP in power, the second lady recently returned from a campaign tour in the Oti Region and the Northern part of the country.