Wife of late Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, former Vice President, Matilda Amissah Arthur, has revealed that her husband rejected the offer to be John Mahama's running mate three consecutive times.
She said her late husband was not interested in the role as he did not want his family's business to be in the public.
Mrs Amissah-Arthur said he bowed to the pressure of becoming The running mate after delegates including friends pressed upon him to consider the offer after he confirmed through prayer that the move was “the will of God.”
Speaking on CiTi TV, the former First Lady said her husband’s initial position was firmly supported by the family who dreaded the idea of being in mainstream Ghanaian politics.
“He himself did not want to take the job as the running mate of the president and three times he refused the offer. It was the fourth occasion that he agreed and he agreed after we had gone into much prayer and we were convinced that, that is what the Lord wanted him to do.”
“As a family, we also did not want him to take it. We are a very private family and therefore we didn’t want to come to the limelight and knowing especially the kind of politics we do here in Ghana,” she added.
Mrs Amissah Arthur also noted that many Ghanaians misunderstood her husband while he was in active government service as the Vice president of Ghana.
She said many people expected him to be very vocal on various issues of state and dominate headlines but because he stayed true to his principles and avoided getting in media debates and discussions, many Ghanaians felt he was not delivering on his mandate.
The former Vice President died on June 29, 2018 at the 37 Military Hospital after he reportedly collapsed at the Air Force Gym during his routine morning workout session.
A year after his death, his family and friends have undertaken a number of legacy projects to celebrate his life and preserve his memory.
Government also renamed the Moree Senior High School as Amissah-Arthur Senior High School in his memory.
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