Ghana – choice of Vice President could split ruling NDC

The Chronicle

Ebo Quansah Reporting
The choice of Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur by President John Dramani Mahama to partner him in the governance process, was said to have been premised on the need to shore up votes in the Central and Western Regions for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), in the absence of the deceased Head of State and his ‘Adze Wo Fie A Oye’ mantra.

But even before the Governor of the Bank of Ghana faces the Parliamentary Appointment Committee for vetting on Monday, ugly noises are emanating from the party against his nomination.
Yesterday, Mr. Yaw Boateng Gyan, National Organizer of the NDC shot the nomination down on the premise that Mr. Amissah-Arthur was an unknown personality in the scheme of things of the party and its grass root movement.
He told an Accra radio station that foot soldiers of the NDC, especially would find it difficult selling a Vice-Presidential Candidate, who is not well versed in party matters and hinted of problems with the grassroots acceptability if Mr. Amissah-Arthur was to be presented at the Special Delegates Congress of the party on September 1.
The National Organizer said at the moment, Mr. Amissah-Arthur remained a nominee of the President as Vice-President of the Republic, which is a Presidential prerogative.
A nomination for the September 1 Congress would have to involve the party. It is then that party members would have their say, the NDC National Organizer said.
Mr. Boateng Gyan was of the opinion that a nomination for the Vice-Presidential slot for the 2012 elections would need a broader consultation. It was not a done deal that the Vice-Presidential nominee would be accepted by the party hierarchy at congress for running mate, he intimated.
The National Organizer’s assertion followed the rating done by the think tank, IMANI Ghana, comparing the newly appointed Vice-President to New Patriotic Party running mate, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia. In the opinion of IMANI, Dr. Bawumia has an edge over Mr. Amissah-Arthur in ability to deliver the economy. Read more…

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