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Choice of Bawumia Is To Bring About Religious And Not Tribal Balance - Nana Akomea

Dr Bawumia & FamilyChoice of Bawumia Is To Bring About Religious And Not Tribal Balance-

Communications Director for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akomea, has asserted that though the need for a broad regional and religious balance in the selection of who partnered Nana Addo in the December polls was taken into consideration, the main criterion was for the flagbearer to be comfortable with his running mate.

According to him, that basically influenced the choice of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as Nana Addo’s running mate.

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Presidential candidate of the NPP, on Thursday, March 29, finally put paid to speculations on his choice of a running mate when he named the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana as his partner on the ticket of the NPP for the impending general elections this year.

Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana programme, Nana Akomea explained that because Nana Addo was a devout Christian and an elderly person, he needed a Muslim and a more youthful person to complement him.

“This is a national ticket; it is not a tribal ticket or tribal balance. We are looking for broad regional and religious balance…One person is a Christian from the South and we wanted somebody who is a Muslim from the North; so we have a broad regional and religious balance…we are looking for balances but not tribal balances…,” Nana Akomea said.

He dismissed suggestions that Dr Bawumia was politically immature, brought nothing to the table when he was chosen in 2008 to partner Nana Addo and even failed to win the elections in his constituency, stressing that he is “a perfect balance for Nana Addo”.

“This business about him not winning in his own area, President Mills lost in his home region in 2000, 2004 but that didn’t stop the NDC from (going ahead with him)…until he won with the slimmest margin in 2008. The gentleman is a perfect balance for Nana Addo…Nana is an elderly gentleman, late sixties and he needed somebody who is a young gentleman for balance…And so if you have an elderly person as a flagbearer and a younger person as the running mate, it makes a perfect match with a youth balance. The main criterion is for the flagbearer to be comfortable with the running mate…,”he added.

Source: Rebecca Addo Tetteh/Peacefmonline.com



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