Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, a guru in the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), has reposed confidence in the leadership of President John Mahama with Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur as the Vice-President.
Some members of the ruling party have expressed misgivings about Amissah-Arthur’s selection, and have questioned his electoral constituency as the party goes to the polls in December.
But Mr Tsikata in a statement he issued on Saturday remarked: “No doubt President Mahama and his Vice-President –to-be, Amissah-Arthur, are conscious of the historic responsibilities on their shoulders at this time and will rise to the occasion for the sake of mother Ghana.”
Comments following Mr Amissah-Arthur’s selection are akin to the way and manner former President Mill’s nomination was received by the rank and file of NDC as the Vice-President to Former President Rawlings in 1996, he observed.
“In the end, the country today bears testimony to the wisdom of that choice. The huge benefit the nation has gained through the historic contributions of President Mills as Vice-President, as President and, indeed, when he led the NDC in opposition, underlines our deep sense of loss and our grief as a nation.”
Mr Tsikata has therefore given thumbs up to the president’s nominee as he touted Mr Amissah-Arthur’s economic acumen.
“Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur played an important role in the development of Ghana’s Economic Recovery Programme in 1982. He was one of the young economists who were actively involved in undertaking the economic analyses that culminated in the formulation of the Economic Recovery Programme and its implementation.”
Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur is expected to be vetted by Parliament on Monday.