By Freeman Koryekpor Awlesu
Barely three months after the National Democratic Congress (NDC) successfully picked its 2020 Presidential Candidate following a marathon national congress, many names have popped up for consideration as possible running mate to partner Former President John Mahama.
Intelligence picked by Ghanacrusader.com indicates that while the party is putting in place structures and strategies to win the 2020 general elections, the presidential candidate, Mr. John Dramani Mahama, is also leaving no stone unturned to get the person he considers most suitable to be his running mate within the next couple of mouths.
Credible hints reaching this news portal indicate that the leading opposition party would settle on an indigene of the Volta Region with a Christian background, to face off President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Dr Bawumia Mahamadu in the 2020 the general elections.
This news portal established that some chiefs and top staunch members, big wigs and cadres of the NDC in the Volta Region are assiduously planning to put their cards on the table as the flagbearer prepares in the coming days to visit the region as part of his nationwide campaign tour and consultation after his election.
Ghanacrusader.com was reliably informed that the Volta caucus are waiting to use the opportunity of the NDC presidential candidate’s visit to advise him to pick an Ewe as his running mate so he could be assured of a convincing victory come December 2020.
Interestingly, Ghanacrusader.com learnt that Mr. Dramani Mahama who got hint of the intended plans by the chiefs and people of the region is said to have been preparing to admit that he would give the plan a great deal of consideration. Sources close to the office of Mr Dramani Mahama say considering Volta region as the electoral world bank of the NDC, the decision to go for indigene from the region will guarantee some solidity in votes accumulation.
Mr. Dramani Mahama recently visited Central Region where he interacted with chiefs, cadres, sympathisers, constituency executives, NDC footsoldiers, market folks, fisherfolks, farmers and students.
As the search for running mate goes on, some names that have so far appeared on the radar include Mrs Marrietta Appiah-Opong Brew, a former Attorney-General, Kwesi Ahwoi, Ghana’s former Agric Minister and High Commissioner to South Africa, Dr Johnson Asiamah, a former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana; Mr Julius Debrah, a former Minister and the immediate-past Chief of Staff, Hannah Serwah Tetteh, a former Foreign Minister now U.N top Diplomat and Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast and Education Minister under the John Mahama administration.
The rest are Dr Kwesi Botchwey who was Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission under President Mahama and Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, MP and daughter of Former President Rawlings.
Reliable information gathered by Ghanacrusader.com has it that the flagbearer of the NDC will by the end of May April 2018 announced his choice of running mate to a meeting scheduled with the National Council of Elders (NCE) of the party.
This, according to sources, will be the final decision of who partners Mr. John Mahama for the December 2020 general elections. The issue of Mr. Mahama’s running mate has generated heated debate both in the media and the public domain.
However, Mr. Mahama and the party have on several occasions failed to reach a consensus to that effect, with majority of party insiders alluding to the observation of a breakdown in trust, and the unavailability of a better match to the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia combination.
The delay in choosing his vice is also believed to be characterized by the fact that he wanted to pick a Voltarian. Ghanacrusader.com can report that the announcement of the running mate will shock the party and the whole country as the lucky person in this picture is obviously “an unlikely persona.”
A member of the National Executive Committee told this reporter that the running mate must be somebody “who can withstand rigorous tests of integrity and honesty, be articulate with policy sharpness, charismatic and able to attract floating floaters.”
In the wake of the Ofosu Ampofo invitation by the Ghana Police Service over allegations of kidnapping and arson, the party somehow seems to have been dislodged from its intended line of actions and programmes. A lot of meetings are currently ongoing to find appropriate response and action to the perceived acts of harassment and intimidation of the Akufo-Addo led NPP government.
A member of the Council of Elders has told this reporter that the party would pass through this obvious storm and forge ahead to recapturing political power.