The leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Volta Region has debunked reports that the region is expecting a running mate slot.
There has been widespread rumours making the rounds that the Forerunner for Presidential candidacy of the party had made overtures to the Volta region for possible selection of one it’s own as Running mate. This rumour has gained grounds in the lead up to the National Congress of the NDC especially in the race for Chairmanship.
According to the leadership of the region, no such requests have been made on any Aspirant.
“We are aware of the party’s convention in keeping to regional balance in choosing our flagbearer, running mate, party chairman and vice chairmen,” they said during a meeting with Hon. Dan Abodakpi.
The Leadership explained that the chairmanship position remains dear to the region because of the urgent need for a Chairman who can quickly rebuild the party and restore it to victory, adding that they trust in the ability of Mr. Abodakpi for that pivotal task. They would prefer to have the Chairmanship position in hand rather than an expectation which was highly improbable in the light of Regional balance etc.
Hon. Joseph Amenorwode , Former MP for Afadzato South confirmed that the region is gearing for the *chairmanship* slot and not running mate as speculated.
Sources close to the Parliamentary Caucus of Volta Region NDC MPs, also indicate that the MPs fully support the candidature of Mr Abodakpi.
“We are more interested in the rebuilding of the party by a competent chairman, for victory in 2020, this is no time to be talking of a running mate slot,” Hon. Kwame Agbodza, MP for Adaklu, in the Volta Region stressed.
He said they can’t be talking about running mate when the flagbearer has not been elected, adding that Former President John Mahama, who is the frontrunner in the race has refuted claims that he would choose his running mate from the Volta region.
Hon. Helen Adjoa Ntoso, MP for Krachi West and former Volta Regional Minister, who confirmed the position of the region on the running mate issue, said the region is voting en bloc for Mr Abodakpi.
“By convention, the running mate slot should go to another region because two minority regions cannot produce a Presidential/Vice slot. We are going to get the chairmanship position,” she said.
She urged delegates across the country to support the candidature of Mr Abodakpi, a founding member of NDC and a former Trade and Industry Minister, because he has the competence, experience, knowledge and skills required to rejuvenate the party for victory in 2020.