As the build up to the 2020 general elections intensifies, exclusive information available to The Ghana Report (TGR) indicates that former President John Dramani Mahama is considering General secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Johnson Kwadwo Asiedu Nketia as his running mate for the eagerly anticipated contest.
The Chief Scribe of the NDC, Asiedu Nketia, popularly known as ‘General Mosquito’, has jumped to the forefront of the running mate contest in the last few days, TGR gathers due to his rich experience, affability and seeming ability to mobilize the grassroots.
Our sources tell us former President Mahama is likely to settle on Asiedu Nketia as his running mate. The decision, TGR is informed, stems from the party’s desire to shore up its votes in the rural communities of the country ahead of the 2020 elections.
The choice of Asiedu Nketia means the NDC would then have met the north-south ticket arrangement for a flagbearer and running mate that has been synonymous with the two leading political parties here in Ghana since the return to multi-party democracy in 1993.Party bigwigs have been tight-lipped on the issue as one of them who preferred to remain anonymous emphasized that the selection of a running mate was the preserve of the flagbearer.
“It is the flagbearer who will select his running mate in consultation with the Council of Elders. Anybody the flagbearer settles on as the running mate must have the capacity to act in the absence of the president or must have the capacity to act. Our General Secretary has served the country in various capacities; he has served as Member of Parliament, Deputy Minister and General Secretary.
As General Secretary, he has won some elections for the party and so looking at his credentials, he has the capacity to do the job when given the opportunity. What I have not done now is to do an analysis to find out what his nomination would mean for the NDC ticket into the 2020 election,” one party source observed.
With barely 18 months to go for the presidential and parliamentary elections, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) will have the sitting president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo contesting the presidential election with Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia partnering him as his running mate.
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