Former President John Dramani Mahama is poised to unveil his running mate for the upcoming presidential elections, according to sources within his camp.
The announcement is expected to be made next week following Mahama’s ongoing “Building Ghana Tour.”
Speculation swirls within the party as uncertainty looms over the selection process, with three potential candidates emerging from the Central, Eastern, and Ashanti regions.
Among the frontrunners are Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman, Julius Debrah, and Kwame Awuah-Darko, each representing their respective regions.
Opoku Agyeman, Mahama’s running mate in the 2020 elections, faces criticism for failing to secure victory in her home region of the Central Region. However, her supporters argue she has learned from past mistakes and deserves another chance.
Debrah, a former chief of staff during Mahama’s administration, boasts competence and effectiveness in governance. Despite publicly denying interest, he has garnered support from associates and is considered a strong contender.
Awuah-Darko, a businessman and banker from the Ashanti Region, has emerged as a potential candidate for the second time since 2020. His ties to the Manhyia palace and business acumen make him a formidable choice.
The selection of a running mate from the Eastern or Ashanti regions is seen as strategically important to balance out votes, particularly with the NPP’s intention to pick an Ashanti running mate.
Many within the NDC believe that Opoku Agyeman’s candidacy in 2020 failed to deliver victory, prompting calls for a fresh approach in the upcoming elections.
Debates over regional representation and strategic advantages dominate discussions within the party, highlighting the significance of Mahama’s impending announcement.