Politics of Wednesday, 21 August 2019
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has denied media reports that Professor Kwesi Botchwey, a former Finance Minister, has been chosen to become the running mate to John Dramani Mahama.
Peter Otokunor, Deputy General Secretary of the party, has accused the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of being behind such false news.
According to him, it is a strategy by the NPP to divert the attention of Ghanaians from the government’s involvement in the PDS scandal.
“Immediately we heard such a story, we realized it was from our opponents, the NPP,” he alleged.
He has described the move as an attempt by the company to divert attention from the raging Power Distribution Services (PDS) scandal and the recent activities of NAM1 because the government would soon be exposed.
“Mahama has not picked any running mate” he stressed on Accra-based radio station; Neat FM monitored by Adomonline.com.
State-owned online news portal, Graphic Online, had reported that Professor Botchwey, had been tipped to become the running mate to the former President John Dramani Mahama for Election 2020.
The report had claimed that Prof Botchwey’s name came up for the appointment at a meeting on August 19, 2019, and would be announced later.
Mr Otokunor said Mr Mahama would have to go through the process of selecting a running mate and must have the approval of the council before a proper selection is made.
Describing the story as a hollow one, the Deputy General Secretary urged party members and Ghanaians to remain calm as the running mate, when selected, would be announced to them.