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Mahama breaks silence on delay in choosing running mate

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Former President John Dramani Mahama says till his party calls a gathering of the Council of Elders and the National Executive Committee (NEC), he can’t name his running mate.

“Our constitution states that I have to announce my running mate in consultation with these two bodies,” he mentioned.

Sadly, due to the restriction on mass gathering, it was not possible for us to deliver the members of our National Executive Committee from all around the nation to implement that consultation.”

He assured that “now that the way has been cleared, you’ll be listening to the name of my running mate soon”.

The previous president made this known to a questioner during a Facebook Live interaction on Thursday, June 18.

The questioner had recommended Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare to Mr. Mahama, who is predicted to name his companion for the December 7 elections within the coming days.

Extolling the qualities of the authorized luminary, Mr. Mahama disclosed his love for the law professor and his opinion writings however indicated: “I don’t know if he desires to be a running mate.”

“I don’t know which party he belongs to. I don’t know what his political orientation is however it isn’t everyone who takes the plunge into politics. It may be a really troublesome business and not everyone would want to get into politics.”

Opponents of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have said Mr. Mahama is finding it troublesome to get a running mate.

They claim many of the known members of the NDC have declined the offer.

Previously two elections, the previous president was partnered by Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, who died abruptly on June 29, 2018, at the 37 Military Hospital.

Mr. Mahama assured that immediately the party convenes that all-important NEC and Council of Elders meeting, he’ll attend with the name of the person he has chosen as his running mate.

In the meantime, he mentioned the manifesto of the party is ready and will be launched in August.