The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Asiedu Nketia, says he will be happy to partner the party’s flagbearer, John Mahama if he is chosen as running mate for the 2020 presidential elections.
Affectionately called General Mosquito, Johnson Asiedu Nketia said he will not put himself forward but is prepared to take up the challenge if selected.
Even though the NDC hasn’t given any indications of making an announcement to the effect soon, media reports of considered candidates have been rife including Asiedu Nketia. Being One of the names that have come up lately.
Speaking to Gifty Andoh on The Pulse on Wednesday, monitored by www.openghana.com , Asiedu Nketia said: “I would gladly accept the offer if it comes.”
However, Asiedu Nketia stated that quality leadership skills, rather than knowledge in a specific field, is required to serve in appointed or elected offices.
The NDC scribe, liking his example to the Finance Ministry, said persons from other fields have manned affairs better than appointees with Accounting or Finance backgrounds.
“…[Yaw] Osafo-Marfo who also comes across as one of our best Finance Ministers is an engineer; so for people to narrowly think you have to be an expert in a particular field before you can perform…is wrong,” he said.
The NDC has, meanwhile, dismissed reports that former Finance Minister, Kwesi Botchwey has been selected as running mate.
In a swift response to a media report, John Mahama posted: “The Daily Graphic report of the selection of a running mate is false.”
Investigations into the report
Mr. Nketia has said the party is investigating the report of the selection of a running mate
According to him, Prof. Botchwey petitioned the party to investigate the issue.
The party, he said, is, therefore, investigating how the report came about.