NDC youth want Amissah-Arthur for running mate
From Simmons Yussif Kewura, Kumasi
A section of the youth in the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) calling themselves “Friends of Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has triggered a debate on the selection of a running mate to President John Dramani Mahama.
The group, going by the acronym PKAA, at a press conference held in Kumasi, urged President Mahama, who is also the flagbearer of the NDC, to select Mr. Amissah-Arthur as his running mate.
In a statement issued at the conference, the group said it was a very perfect choice President Mahama made by appointing Mr. Amissah-Arthur as his Vice, adding, “We trust President Mahama would retain the Vice as his running mate.”
They indicated that they were aware what President Mahama would be doing in respect of the selection of a running mate, but theirs was to add their voice to the numerous calls urging the President to maintain Mr. Amissah-Arthur.
Going further, the group enumerated some credentials and experiences that could make the ma, Amissah-Arthur, a good Vice President to help President Mahama achieve the Better Ghana Agenda of the NDC party, initiated by the late President Mills.
Among some of the credentials and experiences raised by the PKAA included his local and international experiences, and this spanned from the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) to the NDC, during which the Vice President served under three heads of state – former President Jerry Rawlings, the late President Mills and now President John Mahama.
Some of the achievements enumerated by the PKAA group included the Vice President’s work as a consultant for the World Bank in Gambia, consultant to the Netherlands government educational project, and a senior economist for the Sigma Corporation in Ghana.
They also indicated that that those who see Vice President Amissah-Arthur as a new person in the NDC may be in wonderland, as the Vice President’s loyalty to the NDC started as far back as 1983, when he was made PNDC Under Secretary for Finance, for a period of three years.
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