I’m considering contesting NDC presidential primary—Amissah-Arthur

amisah-arthur....President John Mahama’s 2016 running mate Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has hinted he could be in the race for National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential primary for the 2020 general elections.

“I am not considering it. But people have come to me and I am thinking about it,” Mr Amissah-Arthur hinted at a ceremony to mark the 5th anniversary of the passing of President John Mills.

He indicated that the party’s immediate concern is repairing the electoral machine so that it is “coherent and cohesive” enough to win power in 2020.

“Who leads the party is a sub-plot in a party that lost the 2016 elections under humiliating circumstances,” Mr Amissah-Arthur noted.

The Mahama-Amisah-Arthur presidential ticket polled the lowest for a sitting president with 44.4 per cent votes which consequently aborted the dream of second term by both the President and his Vice.

A parliamentary majority was also lost to its rivals the New Patriotic Party (NPP) which has 63 more Members of Parliament (MPs) in the 275-member parliament.

But there is a clamour for a John Mahama comeback within the party.
Former Trade and Industry Minister, Ekow Spio-Garbrah, Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi are rumoured to be contemplating a shot at the primary.

Mr Amissah-Arthur will however not rule himself out yet.

“As of now, I am not in the race but nobody knows what will happen in a year’s time” he smiled.

The former Vice-President said it takes a lot of commitment to run for political office.

“It takes a lot of work. I saw what Prof. Mills did. I saw him travelling around this country. I saw him meet people. I saw him prepare. You have to prepare a message” he explained.

“You can’t just want to be president, because you want to be president but because you want to deliver something to the country so I am not there yet” he insisted.

The former Vice-President said assembling a team of other people “who have skills that you don’t have” is key to winning political office.

Some argue Mr Amissah-Arthur has history by his side if he contests for the NDC flagbearership because the NDC has an unwritten succession plan. –myjoyonline.com

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