After several months of speculations with several names being bandied around regarding who partners John Dramani Mahama in the 2020 general election, the dust is said to have settled as the former President in the coming days will announce his running mate.
Information exclusive to Hbtvghana.com indicates that the NDC flagbearer is said to have settled on Dr Kwabena Duffuor former Finance Minister of Ghana.
Dr Kwabena Duffuor also served as the governor of the Bank of Ghana. He was named as one of the four best Central Bank Governors in the World at an IMF/World Bank meeting in 1999.
Duffuor is the founder and chairman of HODA Holdings, a business entity comprising Insurance, Banking, Real Estates, Farming, Mining and Media. He is also the founder and president of the Institute for Fiscal Studies in Ghana, a non-profit think-tank providing economic advocacy and training which he established in March, 2013. He is also the founder of uniBank which controversially collapsed in 2018.
Several names including the longest Finance Minister, Prof. Kwesi Botchwey, former Education Minister, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman, former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, NDC General Secretary, John Asiedu-Nketiah as well as former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Johnson Asiama has come up as potential running mates to John Mahama.
It is important to stress the point that the two major political parties; the NDC and the NPP since the 2000 general election have taken into consideration the north-south ticket and in some instances the religious backgrounds people before selecting running mates to their presidential candidates.
It would be recalled that the NDC candidate in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, who is from the Central Region selected Mr. Martin A. B. K. Amidu and Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni, who hail from the northern parts of the country as his running mates respectively.
Following the unfortunate demise of Prof. Mills on July 24, 2012, Mr. Mahama was sworn in as president.
He selected former Governor of the Central Bank, Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, who hails from the Central Region as Vice President, a ticket he maintained during the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.
Similarly, the NPP presidential candidate for the 2000 and 2004 general elections, John Agyekum Kufuor, who comes from the Ashanti Region and a Christian selected Alhaji Aliu Mahama, who is a Muslim and hails from northern Ghana to partner him.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is a Christian from the Eastern Region selected Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, a Muslim from then Northern Region, now North-East Region to partner him in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.
The selection of the NDC running mate has been a subject for discussion among power brokers as well as the rank and file of the party.
A cross section of people within the NDC believe that Central Region has played a pivotal role in determining who wins presidential elections in Ghana’s Fourth Republic hence the party should always have either presidential or running mate position given to an indigene of the region.
Former President Rawlings in the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections selected Kow Nkensen Arkaah and Prof. John Atta Mills, all from the Central Region as running mates.
Atta Mills, was asked by the NDC to lead the party in the ‘Swedru Declaration’ in the run-up to the 2000 general election, a development which led to political rancor hence the formation of the National Reform Party (NRP).
Mr. Mahama, upon becoming president continued the NDC marriage with the Central Region by appointing Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.
However, some people have argued the NDC have done little for the Volta Region, the party’s stronghold hence the need to select a person from the region as running mate.
This concern, according to sources coupled with a few other issues has contributed to the delay in the selection of Mahama’s running mate.
Source: Nana Yaa Boamponsem Ameyaw | Hbtvghana.com