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Ghanaians watch with bated breath for Mahama to pick his running mate

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Time is running out for the leader of Ghana’s largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, to pick his running mate for the 2020 general election.

NDC party supporters, functionaries and the general public are waiting anxiously for Mahama to announce his running mate for his second comeback after losing 2016’s general election to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.

While people wait anxiously, Mahama is vigorously embarking on a regional campaign, attacking the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) on what he called bad policies which are suffocating Ghanaians.

For keeping the cards to his chest, Mahama has given room for journalists and some party functionaries to speculate about who to pair him to battle power from the NPP on 7 November 2020.

Three top names that have appeared in the media are Dr Alex Asiamah, a former deputy governor of Bank of Ghana; Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, a former Education Minister and Professor John Gatsi, an Economist at the University of Cape Coast.

Other names that have popped up in the media include Alex Mould, former Chief Executive Officer of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC); Mr.Johnson Asiedu Nketia, a veteran general secretary of the party and Dr Zanator Rawlings, Member of Parliament for Osu Klottey Constituency in the Greater Accra Region and a daughter of former military leader, Flt Lt. Jerry John Rawlings.

Asiedu Nketia has come out to say that it would be an honour for him if Mahama picks him as the running mate. Nketia has been general secretary for the NDC for the past 12 years and has a lot of political experience to his name.

It is also being speculated that former president Jerry John Rawlings, founder of the NDC, is lobbying Mahama to pick her daughter as running mate.

A source close to the party’s headquarters in Accra reveals that financiers of the party are pushing for Professor Kwesi Botchwey, a former Finance minister under Rawlings’s military regime, to be made the running mate owing to his prowess in financial management.

However, some hawks around Mahama are allegedly claiming that Professor Botchwey is too old to be picked for such position.

Only time will tell who Mahama would pick as his running mate as the general public anxiously await the announcement.



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