Former Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur appears to be cementing his status to partner former president John Mahama to run for president for the third time in 2020.
Credible reports suggest that the former governor of the Bank of Ghana is promoting himself as the conduit between party power brokers and financiers, to ostensibly win their favors and support.
Party insiders who pleaded for strict anonymity revealed the soft-spoken politician has been acting like a “running mate in waiting” even though the party is yet to elect its standard bearer for the next election.
Though Mr Mahama formerly declared his intention to be on the party’s presidential ballot paper in 2020 on Saturday, party luminaries had always saw it coming, as it was just a matter of when.
“Amissah-Arthur started his shadow campaign when it became evident that Mr Mahama will seek the mandate of party delegates to contest again.
“We can call it a submarine campaign because he has been targeting key decision makers in the party and as it stands now, it appears Mahama could settle on him for the third time,” our source said in a private conversation with this reporter.
Asempanews.com gathered from the grapevine that Amissah-Arthur since 2016 has been cultivating some of the party’s most prominent donors, courting conservative interest groups to salvage his dwindling popularity in the NDC.
Former President John Mahama has hinted that he may consider running for the presidency on the ticket of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) again.
He said he has reflected on the numerous calls by the party’s teeming supporters and sympathizers to declare his intention to contest in 2020.
In a Facebook post, Saturday, Mr Mahama was coy on whether he will be the NDC’s flagbearer but said, “I will not disappoint you even as we await the publication of the party’s guidelines for selecting a new leader.”
The issue of who leads the largest opposition party into the next general election in 2020 has been a hot potato for political analysts.
Mr Mahama polled a little above 44% of total votes cast in the last election, the lowest for an incumbent President, and lost the Presidency to the New Patriotic Party’s Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2016.