President John Dramani Mahama has explained why he did not struggle to settle on Vice President, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur as his running mate for the 2016 election.
According to the President, Mr. Amissah-Arthur has a good track record and has had a “useful partnership” with him so far.
The president made the declaration at the party’s head quarters on Monday.
“I consulted with the council of state and nominated Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur my Vice president as my running mate. Reason being he is able and willing to do the job. He’s got a good track record, he’s been deputy minister, he’s been governor of the Central Bank, he’s been my Vice President, indeed he’s been acting president on occasions I’ve been out of the country. I believe that it’s been a useful partnership. We went into 2012 together and I believe that going into 2016 together we will achieve victory,” he added.
Several groups and persons have lobbied to have their favorite candidates selected for the position.
Some names that popped up as possible replacements for Mr Amissah-Arthur included Hannah-Tetteh, Foreign Minister, Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho and Mayor of Accra, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije.
Meanwhile, the party’s Deputy General secretary, Koku Anyidoho in responding to pressures from the groups said “ignore them, they are just wasting time.”