Togbe Afede XIV, the Agbogbomefia of Asogli State, is reportedly prepared to step down from his traditional stool to assume the role of the running mate for the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, according to sources.
Ivan Tsidi Akrobortu, a lead advocate for the Change Makers Forum, is reported to have made this claim.
According to a report by Ghanaweb, citing graphic.com.gh, Togbe Afede XIV’s name has emerged as a potential contender to partner with John Dramani Mahama for the upcoming 2024 elections.
Tsidi Akrobortu, as reported, has advocated for the selection of the Agbogbomefia as Mahama’s running mate, citing Togbe Afede’s extensive expertise in finance, economy, banking, and entrepreneurship.
Mr Akrobortu believes that Togbe Afede’s inclusion would greatly impact the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and enhance their prospects of winning the election.
“Togbe is ready to abdicate his stool in fulfilment of the constitutional requirement once he is selected as the running mate to the NDC flag bearer,” Akrobortu is quoted to have said by graphic.com.gh, according to Ghanaweb.
The selection of a running mate for John Dramani Mahama in the upcoming 2024 elections is a crucial decision for the National Democratic Congress (NDC). According to reports, the party is seeking a candidate who possesses the ability to understand the president’s mindset, offer honest feedback based on data and facts, and effectively analyze government policies.
The pool of potential candidates has reportedly been narrowed down to three individuals representing different regions: Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang from the Central Region, Julius Debrah from the Eastern Region, and Kwame Awuah-Darko from the Ashanti Region.
Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang previously served as Mahama’s running mate in the December 2020 general election. However, she faced criticism for allegedly not adding value to the ticket and failing to secure victory in her home region of the Central Region.
Julius Debrah, a former chief of staff during Mahama’s administration, is being considered as another potential candidate. Hailing from the Eastern Region, Debrah brings a wealth of experience from his time in government.
Kwame Awuah-Darko, a former Managing Director of BOST and TOR under the Mahama administration, is also under consideration. Known for his contributions to the transformation of these institutions, Awuah-Darko is a businessman and banker with roots in the Ashanti Region, where he hails from a prominent traditional family.
The selection of Mahama’s running mate will be a strategic decision for the NDC, as they aim to bolster their chances in the upcoming elections and present a strong and cohesive leadership team to the electorate.