- Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur says he may consider contesting the NDC presidential race
- He says he hadn't thought of contesting but some NDC bigwigs are calling on him
The former running mate of John Dramani Mahama, Paa kwesi Amissah-Arthur has revealed that, he may consider some calls emanating from some bigwigs of the National democratic Congress (NDC), to contest the 2020 general elections.
According to him, he had not thought about hit, but when calls becomes loud enough within the rank and file of the NDC he will not hesitate to enter the presidential race.
Speaking at a ceremony to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the demise of the late president, Prof John Evans Atta Mills, the former Mahama Vice President said “"I am not considering it, but people have come to me and I am thinking about it".
The former Bank of Ghana boss said, he is currently supporting his National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, in seeking measures in repairing its electoral machine, so that it stands in “coherent and cohesive” enough to win power come 2020.
Some big shots within the NDC including a former trade minister Ekow Spio-Garbrah, Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu, Mr Sylvester Mensah and former Vice-Chancellor of UPSA Prof. Joshua Alabi have confidently expressed interest in battling former President Mahama into the 2020 presidential race, after he polled abysmal performance in the 2016 election.
The Mahama-Amisah Arthur presidential ticket polled the lowest for a sitting president with 44.4% votes which consequently handed power to the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Akufo-Addo, Bawumia ticket, with 63 more MPs in the 275-member parliament.
However, Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur will not rule himself out of the race. He insisted in a media interview that, "as of now, I am not in the race but nobody knows what will happen in a year's time”, he said.
The former Vice President’s partnership with Mr Mahama in the past two elections have been widely criticized, as some NDC functionaries have attributed party’s humiliating defeat to his contribution to the 2016 election.
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