General News of Saturday, 12 December 2015
Communications Minister, Omane Boamah says President Mahama’s decision to retain vice president Kwesi Amissah Arthur as his running mate for the 2016 general election is most appropriate.
He said Mr Amissah Arthur’s contribution to the many achievements of the Mahama-led administration cannot be underrated, thus maintaining him as running mate was not debatable.
“You cannot dichotomize the achievements of government from the contributions of the vice president,” he said on Joy News’ news analysis programme held at the Coconut Groove Hotel in Accra.
President Mahama on Monday, December 7, 2015 informed the National Executive Council (NEC) of his decision to retain Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur as his running mate.
“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,” the President had said.
Prior to the announcement, a group calling itself the Volta Youth For Development, asked President Mahama to select the Speaker of Parliament, Doe Adjaho, as his running mate for the 2016 elections.
The Chairman of the group, Prosper Fofo Ndekor, in a statement, said that a decision by President Mahama to replace the Vice President, Kwesi Amissah Arthur, with the Speaker of Parliament, will help the National Democratic Congress (NDC) secure victory in the 2016 elections.
The group argued that “Ghanaians have seen Amissah Arthur to be very incompetent as the Vice President to President Mahama and so, our belief which has sprung out of a research is that, his pair again with President Mahama as his running mate can only reduce the votes of NDC drastically.”
However, Dr Omane Boamah said, “it was a non-contest, there was no issue about it and for those who listened to the president very careful during the changing lives tour they would have concluded long ago that the president was certainly going to choose Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur once again to contest the 2016 elections”.
He said the applause that welcomed the President’s announcement at the party’s Executive Committee meeting indicates clearly that the best person to run alongside the president is Mr Amissah Arthur.
“Why change a winning team that is on its way to score another one touch victory, gargantuan goal? Why change that team? The president has made the right decision,” he said.
However, the NPP’s Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko does not see how selecting Mr Amissah Arthur guarantees victory for the NDC.
He believes that selecting Amissah Arthur will not harm the fortunes of the NPP, adding that “it will make no difference because at least he is a known quantity.”
Mr Otchere-Darko questioned the contributions of the vice president to the economy, especially as head of the Economic Management team, saying “on governance would you say that vice president Amissah Arthur has contributed something? But clearly he has been head of economic management team and how has the economy been managed?”
The next election is about the economy and if you have John Mahama and Amissah Arthur there, then I think it is easier for the NPP to deal with them, he said.