Former President John Mahama has downplayed concerns that time is running out for him to name a running mate for the December polls.
According to him, he is clear in his mind who will partner him for the elections but will announce him after the necessary consultations are done in the NDC.
Speaking during his second live Digital Conversation, the NDC flagbearer also said it is not ideal to name a running mate when the country is still battling COVID-19.
“In the midst of COVID, what is the use of naming a running mate? When you can’t outdoor the person and all. But let me assure you I have a fair idea who will partner me and for the elections after the necessary consultation with the national executives and council of elders are done we will do. I can assure you that he will make a significant contribution to the development of our nation,” Mr. Mahama responded to a questioner who enquired on the running mate.
It comes in the wake of claims that he will choose a running mate from the Ashanti region.
In an editorial analysis by popular journalist Paul Adom Otchere on ‘Metro TV’ last Monday, for instance, he said the NDC was looking for a running mate who would not attract the ire of the party’s founder, former President Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings.
“They still don’t have a running mate for the election that is seven months away. If you believe in omen then it should be a worrying signal for the NDC themselves because historically since 2000, the NDC has done their best performance in 2008 when the running mate was announced early,” he stated.