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Politics of Tuesday, 23 July 2019


I am ready to be John Mahama's veep for 2020 – Asiedu Nketia

General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress(NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has indicated his preparedness to serve as the NDC’s running mate in the upcoming 2020 elections.

According to him, though he is the General Secretary of the party, he is equally capable of taking up any position including the Vice President position if approached.

Speaking on Okay FM’s 'Ade Akye Abia' programme, he explained that he has been on the floor in the various regions meeting party members for their upcoming primaries and their policies as a party going into 2020 elections.

"I have not heard about the campaign for my running mate slot on social media," he said.

Social media has been awash with messages that General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia may be appointed as running mate to H.E. John Dramani Mahama who is the party’s candidate for the 2020 general elections.

The NDC, according to party insiders, should be able to come up with a running mate who could match up squarely to the sitting Vice President when it comes to economic issues. That situation threw up a recommendation in the person of Alex Mould, former GNPC CEO, our sources tell us.

Other notable names on the radar which the NDC bigwigs say could be given the opportunity should General Mosquito be pushed aside include former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast and former Education Minister under Mahama’s administration, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman, Ambassador Victor Smith and Sylvester Adinam Mensah.

However, the main contenders for the slot as of this publication, our sources reveal, are Johnson Asiedu Nketia and Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman.

Born on December 24, 1956 at Seikwa in then Brong Ahafo Region, Mr. Asiedu Nketia, started his political career when he was elected to represent Seikwa at the first Wenchi District Assembly in 1989.

He served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Wenchi West Constituency for 12 years. As a parliamentarian, he served on several committees, including Appointments Committee, Finance Committee, Public Accounts Committee, Chairman, Mines and Energy Committee, and Minority spokesperson on Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs.

He was also appointed by Jerry John Rawlings as Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture In-Charge of Crops from 1997 till the NDC lost power and left office in 2001.

In December 2005, he was elected by his party delegates to become the third General Secretary of the NDC. He has since held onto the position till now.

Listen to interview below