- Prof. Kwesi Botchwey is set to join the race to become the NDC flagbearer for the 2020 elections
- Reports suggest Prof. Botchwey is seen by some party leaders as the perfect candidate because he did not play any major role in the government of Mahama
- Prof. Botchwey is expected to announce his candidature very soon and he will use the upcoming June 4 lecture series as a prelude
Former Finance Minister under the JJ Rawlings government, Professor Kwesi Botchwey, is planning to join the National Democratic Congress' (NDC) flagbearer race, which will choose a candidate for the for the 2020 presidential elections.
According to Daily Guide, it is reliably informed that Prof. Botchwey has caught the eye of Mr Rawlings who is believed to prefer any candidate apart from Former President John Dramani Mahama.
Former Prof. Botchwey's participation, the report indicated, had become more likely as he is considered by some party leaders as a better alternative to all the people who have made their intentions clear.
So far, Former President Mahama; Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban K.S. Bagbin; former Trade and Industry Minister, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah; and former UPSA Rector, Joshua Alabi; have declared their intentions for contesting.
Others include former NHIS boss, Sylvester Mensah; and Kweku Rickett Hagan, former Central Regional Minister.
These are all people who served under Mahama in various capacities during his tenure and thus any indictment on Mahama's administration can be extended to them.
For this reason, some party people are rooting for Prof. Botchwey who is considered as a total outsider. Moreover, he does not suffer the corruption tag which Mahama himself admitted cost him the 2016 elections.
As a prelude to the announcement, the Daily Guide cited sources as saying that, Kwesi Botchwey will be sharing a platform with the NDC founder at the June 4th Revolutionary Lecture Series on Thursday, May 31, 2018.
The lecture will be delivered under the general theme, 'Revolutionary Economic Trends, Ghana In Focus: Past, Present And The Future.'
It is being organized under the auspices of the Office of former President Rawlings.
If it turns out to be true, it will be the second time the economics and finance guru is trying to lead the NDC, the first one being in 2002 when he faced the late John Evans Atta Mills for the NDC slot to contest then President J. A. Kufuor, who was seeking a second term in office.
Kwesi Botchwey has not hidden his interest to lead the NDC as he was said to have disclosed it to some members when he was charged to tour the country to collate views in connection with the NDC’s humiliating defeat in the 2016 general elections.
He was made the leader of the 13-member committee which after the investigation, released a damning verdict on former President Mahama and members of his administration.
The decision by Prof. Botchwey to run will definitely get the Mahama camp of accusing him of skewing the Committee’s Report to suit his presidential ambition.
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