Former PNC General Secretary Atik Mohammed has praised Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as one of Ghana's and the New Patriotic Party's brightest minds.
Atik Mohammed, a contributor to Peace FM's "Kokrokoo" morning programme, described Dr. Bawumia as a competent leader, stating, "I have faith in the Vice President's competence. I do. You see, circumstances may create impressions of what he could have done otherwise, but you cannot take away his competence."
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is one of ten candidates contending for the New Patriotic Party's flagbearer position as the party prepares for its Special Delegates Congress on August 26 and main congress on November 4, 2023.
The Special Delegates Congress will reduce the number of candidates to five, who will then compete in the main Congress.
Atik absolved the Vice President of the accusations that he, as the Head of the Economic Management Team (EMT), is culpable for the economic woes afflicting Ghanaians due to financial mismanagement.
He argued that Dr. Bawumia, although Head of the EMT, is merely a figurehead for the team and that the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, is ultimately responsible for making financial decisions.
"The Minister of Finance is not accountable to him. He can answer the President's questions. I wish to demonstrate that he is not the Head of the EMT in the sense that he controls economic policy. He is merely a member of a team; he just so happens to command that team...The team itself is accountable to someone. Someone reports to you. "The only person to whom the Finance Minister is accountable is the President," he stated.