I understand that there’s some “battle for the soul of the NDC” going on at the moment. Personally, I think that description is a little too gratuitous.
True, the death of Rawlings did leave a huge power vacuum in the NDC. But that power vacuum is not one to be filled with bare interests. It’s a vacuum of structure.
Accordingly, any adventure or enterprise which aims at filling in the vacuum must show something more than interest in power. It must show that it has the needed structure, too.
Now, JM, being the undisputed patriarch of the NDC at the moment, is not only clear on interest – 2024
flagbearership – he’s also exceedingly advanced in terms of structure (than anyone).
That makes him, by far, a better-placed person (than any known person or group in the NDC) to fill in the Rawlings vacuum (and, he has filled in already, at least apparently).
With all this, the report of “a battle for the NDC’s soul” may, more than anything else, be accurately described as a struggle to be recognized, respected and assimilated by JM.