Ghana’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom has hinted that ex-president John Dramani Mahama’s running mate will be an Akan.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, the NDC stalwart revealed that since the Presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama, is from a minority ethnic group in Ghana, he is sure the flagbearer will pick an Akan to complement his chances of winning the 2020 elections.
“It takes to be controversial when you drop any hint. It just happens that our flagbearer is from the Northern Region. I think looking at the political history of our country, we’ve so far had a situation where no two minority ethnic groups have formed the ticket. So I think it may be [that] since president Mahama comes from a minority ethnic group vis-a-vis the Akan population, ideally, I think the person might be an Akan,” he hinted.
The question of who partners John Dramani Mahama as election draws closer has been on the lips of many, with rumours and speculations going round over who is the suitable candidate for the NDC flagbearer.
A month ago, the party’s Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi announced that Mahama will announce his running mate in March. It’s the fourth week in March and nothing has been heard from the party’s flagbearer as to who partners him for the December 2020 contest.
Rumours remain rife as to who the former President picks with names such as Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, former Education Minister; Kwesi Botchway, former Finance Minister all on the cards. Others said to be on the former President’s shortlist include former Chief Executive for GNPC, Alex Mould; former Trade Minister, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah; Member of Parliament for Klottey Korle, Dr Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings and former Ashanti Regional Minister, Eric Opoku.
But Victor Smith is convinced the former President will, out of the lot, most likely choose an Akan to be his running mate.
“I believe the Mahama definitely has an idea of who he wants to work with, who he thinks can help him transform this country with the vision that we had when we came into office and before the NPP took over to continue from where we took off because these are jokers, the current administration are jokers,” he said to ABC News.