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General News of Thursday, 19 September 2019


I can’t tell if Mahama will consider me as his running mate- Victor Smith

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Former Eastern Regional Minister and a staunch member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Emmanuel Victor Smith has indicated that he can’t tell if former President John Dramani Mahama will consider him to be his running mate for the 2020 general elections.

Ex-president Mahama was re-elected flagbearer of the NDC on February 23, 2019 after a keen contest in which he garnered a total of 95.24 per cent of valid votes cast leaving less than 5 per cent for his other six contenders to share.

After successfully electing Mr. Mahama as flagbearer to lead the party into the 2020 general polls, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has another equally important decision to make which is crucial to the party’s successes in the upcoming national elections.

The NDC is required to select a competitive person to become the running mate to John Dramani Mahama.

However,names that have relatively come up for consideration for running mate include, Dr Kwesi Botchwey who was Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission under Mahama, Dr. Zanetor Rawlings, MP and daughter of the Rawlingses, Marietta Appiah-Opong Brew, a former Attorney-General, Kwesi Ahwoi, Ghana’s former Agric Minister and High Commissioner to South Africa, Dr Johnson Asiama, a former Bank of Ghana Deputy Governor; Mr. Julius Debrah, a former Minister and the immediate-past Chief of Staff and Hannah S. Tetteh, a former Foreign Minister now U.N top Diplomat, Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast and Education Minister under the John Mahama administration.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Boamah Darko,host of ‘Maakye’ on Accra-based Hot 93.9FM,with regards to whether he qualifies to be Mahama’s running mate,former ambassador Victor Smith indicated candidly that,though there are other people who can become a better running mate than him,he can’t tell if he will be chosen by Mr. Mahama.

According to the experienced diplomate,it’s the soul perogative of the flagbearer to choose whom he believes has the qualities of being his running mate.

Mr. Smith,emphasized extentively that,he vehemently believes in the vision of Mr. Mahama, and will really want to be part of his team that would spearhead the party to victory in order to save Ghanaians from the hardships Nana Addo and his NPP government have subjected the country to.

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