Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Compromise candidate to partner Nana Addo?

Snippets of information picked up by myjoyonline, indicate that the New Patriotic Party presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, may not select any of the names hogging the media as his running mate.

Sources say the NPP's flag-bearer would possibly settle on a compromise candidate.

Joy News says Alhaji Adam Zakaria, the Principal of Bagabaga Teachers' Training College and a leading member of the Northern Regional NPP, and Dr. Ibn Chambers, President of the ECOWAS Commission, were on Sunday met by Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, to possibly fill the running mate slot.

Speaking to Joy FM's Super Morning Show host, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, on Tuesday, Mustapha Hamid, Spokesperson for Nana Addo, confirmed the presidential candidate's meeting with the two.

However, he could neither confirm whether any of them have been chosen for the job, nor could he tell if any of the names making rounds in the media have also been side-stepped.

Nana Akufo-Addo will tomorrow present his choice of running mate to the National Executive Committee of the party for consideration.

Mustapha Hamid said even though Nana Akufo-Addo's "initial choice is Hajia Alima Mahama", but with strong opposition from party bigwigs like B.J. da Rocha and Nyaho Tamakloe, the flag-bearer "needed to step back a bit to pick somebody who would be accepted by everybody".

He was emphatic that Nana Addo is his own man and would not succumb to any pressure.

"The choice that would be made, would be clearly Nana Addo's choice and not from the party…Nana Addo himself has gone to the market and shop for someone he can work with," he said.

The NPP's General Secretary, Nana Ohene-Ntow, denied that the party has rejected any candidate because "Nana Addo has not presented any candidate to the party. That would be done on Wednesday".

He said all that the party is looking for is someone with capabilities, who can partner Nana Addo and the party can work with.


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