Politics of Wed, 29 Aug 201811
I'm not craving to be Mahama's running mate - Spio-Garbrah
A flagbearer aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, has denied suggestions that he is craving to be a running mate to former President John Dramani Mahama in the 2020 presidential election.
He said he has not had any meeting with Mr Mahama or any members of his campaign team to discuss the possibility of he becoming a running mate to Mr Mahama.
It was reported recently that Mr Spio-Garbrah had indicated that he would be okay with standing as a running mate to Mr Mahama for the 2020 election.
But Mr Spio-Garbrah told Graphic Online that he was going into the contest to win, and therefore, the suggestion that he would opt out to back Mr Mahama was false.
He said the rumour of he considering to partner Mr Mahama for the election was being ignited by political activists who saw him as a threat in the election.
Mr Spio-Garbrah said the political activists wanted to discourage his international partners from supporting his campaign.
Besides, he said, it was an attempt to create doubts in the minds of his supporters that he would not contest the election.
Mr Spio-Garbrah said winning the 2020 election would be a very difficult task for the NDC given the fact that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) would have been in office for four years considering the election trend where all parties in power get to go for two continuous terms.
Therefore, Mr Spio-Garbrah said it would take a very strong personality like him with international experience in marketing and communication to lead the NDC to victory in 2020.
He said if he becomes the flag bearer of the NDC, his image as a politician without a corruption tag would also enhance the chances of the party winning the next election.