MAHAMA WILL NOT SETTLE ON A YOUNGER PERSON AS RUNNING MATE FOR OBVIOUS REASONS.

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MAHAMA WILL NOT SETTLE ON A YOUNGER PERSON AS RUNNING MATE FOR OBVIOUS REASONS.

The NDC is in desperate straits. The party is at the crossroads struggling with the way forward. As self-inflicted as this may seem, the dilemmatic state it finds itself in can be attributed to the flagbearer.

With less than six months before we go to the polls, the NDC can’t seem to find a way around their running mate conundrum. It has become more difficult for the party to settle on a credible choice to partner the decrepit flagbearer leading them.

Apart from the party being desiccated in terms of quality materials, the most challenging issue now is who Mahama will settle on as his running mate.

Several names have been bandied around. The likes of Kwesi Botchwey, Kwabena Duffour, Alex Mould, Awuah Darko, Eric Opoku, Zanetor Rawlings and a few others are being considered to partner Mahama.

The jostling and scrambling for the nod have intensified. Lobbyists are at work. Some of the potential ones have suddenly turned into experts in one field or the other, organizing symposiums and delivering lectures with contents not fit for purpose.

While these are going on, the flagbearer is expected to come out with his choice. That is where the challenge lies, as already indicated. He cannot find a Bawumia in there. Not even someone to improvise so that the path charted by Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia could be walked on.

With defeat imminent, John Mahama would want to protect his future. He would want to stage a comeback in 2024 since this year’s elections cannot be won by him and the NDC.

John Mahama will never settle on a Zanetor or anyone relatively younger than him to partner him. He is likely to fall on an older person as his running mate.

The intended goal is that, since the 2020 elections are beyond his reach, he will seek a comeback in 2024. With an older person as his partner this time round, he would not have to step aside for the running mate to take the mantle of leadership into the 2024 elections.

Kwesi Botchwey or Duffuor would be far older in 2014 to lead the NDC. That would give Mahama the chance to make a beeline for an older person.

If Zanetor or any of her compatriots are given the nod in this 2020 elections and the party defeated, the relatively young guy or lady would be asked to lead the party instead. This is what Mahama intends to do.

He is fielding an older person so that the party can give him another opportunity in 2024. He is always desperate for power and would go to every length to shield himself from his true intentions.

It is all about preserving himself for the future. He is greedy. He is desperate. He is building a fortress around his future by falling on the older generation now. This agenda will get submerged in the years ahead.

P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.

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