The choice of running mate to partner flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama was heightened on Wednesday when various factions took to social media to covertly campaign for their preferred candidate ahead of the official unveiling.
MyNewsGh.com has gathered that the leadership of the party in consultation with the National Council is expected to settle on someone who will give the ticket a boost and ensure that the party wins the 2020 polls.
Though all potential contenders have been silent themselves, their supporters are engaged in proxy wars trying to convince the other side over who is the most preferred and best for the job of a Vice Presidential Candidate.
John Dramani Mahama was initially torn between choosing a running mate from the Volta region or the Ashanti region.
According to sources close to MyNewsGh.com that was the reason why the former President delayed in naming a running mate to aid his return to power despite earlier suggestions he has settled on someone from the Ashanti Region.
Whilst the Founder of the party Jerry John Rawlings prefers a running mate from the Ashanti region which has the biggest Akan group in Ghana, some key opinion leaders in the party prefer a Voltarian.
The opinion leaders believe that since former President Rawlings became a past leader of the Republic of Ghana, the Volta region has not gotten the opportunity for a son or daughter to be elected as a flag bearer or nominate a running mate from the Volta region.
Former President Rawlings, MyNewsGh.com learnt, believes the NDC can make an impact in this year’s elections if the flagbearer chose a running mate from the Ashanti region.
Sources reveal that seniors like Prof Kwesi Botchwey, Dr Kwabena Dufuor and Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman have had their names in high consideration for the vacant position after the former President was made to settle an Akan.
Others in contention are MP for Ahafo North, Eric Opoku, Alex Mould and former Managing Director of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) and Bulk Oil Supply and Storage (BOST) Kingsley Awuah-Darko.