Flagbearer hopeful, Stephen Atubiga hopes to make former President John Mahama his running mate if structures of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will permit him.
“If I had the opportunity if the constitution allowed and the party structures allowed me, I would not mind making his Excellency John Dramani Mahama my running mate,” Atubiga said on Eyewitness News. Atubiga also stated that he will make Prof. Alabi and Sylvester Mensah his special advisor and Foreign Affairs Minister respectively if he becomes President.
“Prof. Alabi will be a very good Special Advisor to me. Sylvester Mensah will be a very fine Foreign Affairs Minister. Bagbin who is my big brother, I’ve gotten close to him, he will be a very good speaker under my leadership and he will get to taste the presidency when myself and my vice have traveled.”
“If you look at the party, I am the best choice right now. I have made NDC so attractive.”
Atubiga declared his decision to contest in the race on Tuesday, 7th August 2018 through a statement.
Some other candidates including former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah and former Vice Chancellor of the University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi have also declared their intention to contest.
Former President, John Dramani Mahama is however tightlippedover his presidential ambitions with an excuse that he wants to focus on the party’s restructuring and healing process to make the NDC a stronger force in the elections 2020. Ahead of the party’s presidential election,94 NDC Members of Parliamentout of 106 had reportedly endorsed John Dramani Mahama to lead the party in the 2020 elections.
A former NDC MP, who’s in the camp of Mr. Alabi, Nii Amasah Namoale subsequently insisted that the purported list must be made public to ascertain its authenticity.