NDC swerves NPP - Choosing a running mate.
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With the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) having chosen its Presidential candidate in the person of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo with his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia over the weekend, all eyes turn towards the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as avid watchers of the political space await the choice of a running mate for President John Dramani Mahama. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Many people especially those belonging to the NPP fraternity have taunted the NDC that they are unable to choose a running mate citing several reasons for holding such a view.
One of the many criticisms is that the NDC lack the men or women with the skillset to be able to occupy the position of running mate to President Mahama who is vigorously staging a comeback.
They also add that a lot of possible candidates have declined to be running mate to President Mahama because they do not have faith in the candidature of Mr. Mahama. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Another school of thought say that the NDC fears that its running mate would be subjected to public scrutiny if he/she is announced soon.
It is fair for people to hold diverse views in the same political setting. In the same light, such diverse views should not be immune to a certain measure of scrutiny if not harsher.
A careful look into the bases of criticisms levelled against the NDC reveals a pack of convoluted and unconvincing arguments. For instance, the NPP have always said that Dr. Bawumia is too strong for any NDC candidate for the running mate slot hence the inability of the NDC to announce somebody. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The above cannot be true because the NDC indeed have some very fine brains including Dr. Kwesi Botchway, Alex Mould and several others who can hold their own against the current Vice President. Another strategic candidate is Zanetor Rawlings who has what it takes to stand and be counted on any intellectual platform.
And if indeed the candidate would be no much for Dr. Bawumia and any early announcement would present him/her for undue scrutiny and attacks as the NPP would want all to believe, then the NDC as a rational entity would certainly not announce this early.
All in all, the NDC has been able to get a good deal of attention for the selection of a running mate for President Mahama. It is the single biggest anticipated announcement on the political scene at the moment.
People across the political spectrum have tried to assign their own reasons for the perceived delay in the choice of a running mate for the NDC in the upcoming December 7 elections.
However, all the information and misinformation, front-page propaganda and the spiritual insinuations have all been made possible by that same perceived delay. The media and the people are salivating at the thought of what happens next.
The delay has made an event which would have been forgotten by now, a most anticipated one, attracting the interest of every one with an eye for politics.
The NDC might have pulled a masterstroke and should their choice turn out to be active and charismatic, the colour of the election would significantly be altered in no small measure.
It is indeed in order to posit that an early announcement would give the candidate enough time to contribute to the campaign. However, giving the groundswell of attention this delay has caused, the time is still enough for the person to make an impact if he/is formidable enough.
Let the predictions and forecasting or prophesies go on for now. After all, democracy allows it all.