I stepped back from race as running mate for a fresh face-Botchwey
Ghana’s longest-serving Finance Minister Professor Kwesi Botchwey, Ghana’s longest-serving Finance Minister has disclosed that he stepped back from partnering former President John Dramani Mahama as the running mate because he wanted a fresh face to take the position.
He said that anybody who is articulate and understands the fundamentals of governance fits that position.
The respected politician also disagreed with assertions that it is only persons with economics background that fits the vice-presidential position or slot.
In his view, the choice of Prof. Jane Opoku Agyemang as running is good because she has what it takes to partner the NDC flagbearer.
He said the former education minister has proven track records to partner the flagbearer to capture power in the December 7, 2020 polls.
“I think that every party, our party [NDC] especially has forged a generational transition so that we, the older ones can step back a bit to provide guidance and support.”
“We can’t have the same generation or people leading the party. That was my view and I think I’ve been vindicated, you’ve seen Naana, she is very focused, she is very driven, she is humble, she is well spoken, she is every bit of what we will want to see in the vice-president. So this is about Naana, it is not about Kwesi Botchwey.”
”There is nothing in our laws, in our constitution anywhere that says that the vice-president must be an economist. What you need is to be a good social analyst, a good social scientist, with the tools to ask the right questions and be focused on the business of national development and that is all you need.”