After weeks of intense lobbying by groups within the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the vice presidential slot, President John Mahama has decided to maintain Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur as his running-mate for the 2016 presidential elections.
The president submitted his choice to the leadership of the governing NDC at a crunch National Executive Meeting today.
Prior to today’s announcement, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NDC had given Mr Mahama up to the end of December to name his running mate for the 2016 general elections.
Following the NEC’s announcement, different groups in the NDC had been busily lobbying for various candidates including the current Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho and Foreign Minister and MP for Awutu-Senya West, Hanna Tetteh.
However, announcing his partner for the 2016 elections, President Mahama said he enjoys a perfect working relationship with Mr Amissah-Arthur and believes his partnership with the former governor of the central bank would ensure victory for the NDC in 2016.
“It has been a useful partnership together. We went into 2012 elections and won, and I’m hopeful that in 2016 we’ll once again win,”
“I must go into the 2016 elections with a Running Mate. I have had no difficulties settling on my hardworking Vice President as my Running Mate for the Second Term.”
“I am happy to nominate His Excellency Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah Arthur as my Running Mate for the 2016 Presidential elections,” the president told national executives of the NDC on Monday.
The NEC of the NDC has approved President Mahama’s nomination of Amissah-Arthur as his running-mate for next year’s elections.