Former Attorney-General Ayikoi Otoo has emphasized that Vice-President Mahamadu Bawumia’s authority to propose a running mate for the upcoming December elections is not final, with the ultimate decision resting with the National Executive Council (NEC) of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
In an interview with Accra-based Asaase Radio on Tuesday, February 6, Mr. Ayikoi Otoo clarified that while Dr. Bawumia can suggest a candidate for the position, the NEC has the prerogative to accept or reject his recommendation.
Highlighting the process, Mr. Ayikoi Otoo explained, “The choice of a running mate by Vice President Bawumia will not be final until it is approved by the national council of the New Patriotic Party.”
He further emphasized the importance of understanding the NEC’s role in such decisions, underscoring that Dr. Bawumia’s proposal undergoes scrutiny by the council before confirmation.
Meanwhile, Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu urged supporters to refrain from pressuring Dr. Bawumia regarding his selection of a running mate, emphasizing the importance of allowing him the independence to make his decision.
Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu expressed confidence in Dr. Bawumia’s ability to make a prudent choice, stressing that such autonomy would contribute to the party’s unity and success.
While Dr. Bawumia has yet to officially announce his running mate for the December polls, various analysts have speculated on potential choices, including Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Dr. John Kumah, Joseph Osei Owusu, Chief of Staff Frema Osei Opare, or Communications Minister Ursula Owusu Ekulful.