John Dramani Mahama
Flagbearer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama has said there is no need in naming his running mate for the December elections when the world is fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the former president, the NDC is not behind time and his running mate will be named at the appropriate.
Mr Mahama said he has a clear idea of who he wants his running mate to be and will consult the party executives for his endorsement in due time.
Many Ghanaians have questioned when the main opposition leader will name his running mate with seven months to elections. Responding to a question like this during a Live Facebook session with Ghanaians on Thursday, 30 May 2020, Mr Mahama said the timing was wrong.
“We are on track. We are not behind time. The party is working assiduously. I have a firm idea who I want my running mate to be and we would name him at the appropriate time. We have timelines that we are working on. We have to build up our national campaign team. We have to name and outdoor our running mate. We have to publish and inaugurate our manifesto. These are all timelines that the party is working on. We are not late at all.The deadline for naming our running mate will be when the Electoral Commission opens nominations somewhere in September and so we do have enough time,” Mr Mahama said.
He, however, quizzed: “But in the midst of COVID-19, what is the use of naming a running mate? You can’t even outdoor him.
The President is encouraging all of us to stay at home and this is not the most opportune time to come out and name your running mate.
After I’ve done consultation at the appropriate time with the National Executive Committee and the Council of Elders, we will bring the person; the person who will be worthy of being the NDC’s running mate and who will a significant contribution to the progress and prosperity of this country.