A Minister of State at the Presidency, Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, has denied a media report suggesting that he is lobbying to partner President John Mahama for the 2016 elections.
According to him, such reports are only speculative and intended to distract government from fulfilling its ‘Better Ghana Agenda’.
The Al-Hajj newspaper Thursday claimed that Vice-President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur had declared his intention not to partner President Mahama at the 2016 elections.
According to the paper, Energy Minister; Emmanuel Kofi Armah Buah, former Sports Minister; Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah and Communications Minister; Edward Omane Boamah were lobbying to be the running mate of President Mhama.
However, speaking on Radio Gold Thursday morning, Mr Afriyie-Ankrah described the report as ‘unhealthy”, saying that they will only lead to “unnecessary suspicions, tension, baseless rumour’.
‘I am not part of any lobbying… I believe that the president and his vice are doing very well together…I do not know which oracle anybody has consulted that people have just assumed that the vice-president may or may not go,’ he said.
‘I dare anybody to come out and say that I have ever had any such conversation or any discussion with anybody anywhere… I am not interested,’ he added.
Mr Afriyie-Ankrah noted that as a minister of state and a committed party member, his focus was to help the president to deliver on his mandate and make life better for all Ghanaians.
‘There is a lot of work ahead of us a government and a party… I think that we should just focus, everybody should leave me alone and let’s all do our jobs to the best of abilities,’ he said.
According to him, the time was not ripe for such speculations.
‘I don’t think the president, whose prerogative it is first of all – I don’t think that is what he is thinking about. He is thinking about the fixing the economy and ensure that we fulfil the ‘Better Ghana Agenda’. So if the president who is the sole person to make that decision is not thinking about that and is focusing I don’t see why people should be thinking about that.’
Describing the Vice-president as a ‘very competent’ man, Mr Afriyie-Ankrah added: ‘… a former governor of the Bank of Ghana, he is doing his work to the best of his ability…why do we do this, why?’.
Credit: Daily Graphic.com.gh
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