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It appears that the ‘driver-mate’ analogy recently utilized by the Vice President is not a new phenomenon, as historical records indicate that Mr Mahama previously employed a similar statement to solicit votes from Ghanaians.

In a notable flashback to 2012, former President John Dramani Mahama, invoked the metaphor of a “spare driver” in the journey of national leadership, signaling his readiness to transition into the role of the “substantive driver.”

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Delivering his closing remarks during a stimulating IEA Presidential Debate, Mr Mahama, who had ascended to the presidency from the Vice President position following the demise of late President John Evans Atta Mills, appealed to Ghanaians to elevate him from the role of a “spare driver” to that of the main driver, signaling his readiness to assume leadership.

He passionately appealed to Ghanaians to renew his mandate, evoking the legacy of his predecessor, the late President John Mills.

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Reflecting on the achievements of the NDC government over the past four years, Mr Mahama underscored the importance of continuity, stating, “The NDC government has done a lot in four years. Our constitution gives presidents two terms. Take it that I am the spare driver or care taker. 

“Prof Mills of blessed memory started the process and I am finishing his unexpired term. I believe the NDC government deserves a second term to be able to build on the foundation that it has laid in these four years. I am certain that Ghanaians will vote for me and turn me from the spare driver that I have been described as into the actual driver leading us to the destination we want to go to,” President John John Mahama said in his closing remarks to a stimulating IEA Presidential Debate held in Accra. 

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Fast forward to the present day, a similar appeal emerged from the February 7 address of Dr. Bawumia, the current Vice President, who called upon Ghanaians to move him from the position of a “mate” to that of the main driver.

Dr Bawumia’s recent invocation of the “driver-mate” analogy to galvanize public support bears a striking resemblance to a past appeal made by former President John Dramani Mahama. 

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