Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has expressed gratitude to President John Mahama for choosing him as his running mate for the 2016 general elections, saying it did not come as a surprise to him.
"I'm grateful that he has given me this opportunity to be of service and I will continue to serve him to the best of my ability. I am elated he has reposed confidence in me," he told journalists few hours after he was announced as Vice Presidential candidate for the National Democratic Congress.
"I've tried to be honest in my daily interaction with him about what I consider to be the issues. I hope that I will be able to be even more honest with the views that I express to him in the future so that together we will be able to find solution to the many problems that confront the President," he added.
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Mr Amissah-Arthur said he had always made his views known to the President on almost all issues that he has a view on, noting "I've watched and listened carefully to all the various things that have been said the last few weeks and I'm surprised that people may not realise how close we've worked together."
After days of intense lobbying, President Mahama on Monday announced to the National Executive Council of the National Democratic Congress that he has settled on Mr. Amissah-Arthur as his running mate.