The Vice President-designate, Mr. Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has noted although the campaign message of the 2012 elections will focus mainly on the performance of the economy, it will not be “a contest” between him and Dr. Mahamudu Bawumi, the vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Speaking to Citi News
on Thursday, the immediate past governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) said the elections will “be a contest of ideas” and he finds himself, as an economist, in a better position to “explain the policy choices that are available to Ghanaians, so they can make an informed choice.”
The main opposition NPP has a former deputy governor of the BoG, Dr. Bawumia, as its running mate for the upcoming elections and the nomination of Amissah-Arthur as vice-president has generated fresh political debate that the polls will be a straight fight between a “master and a protégé.”
Mr. Amissah-Arthur rubbished claims that the ruling National democratic Congress (NDC) is going to lose the elections because “he is not a political persona.”
He stated: “I really don’t know what they mean by frontline politics. I was in the formation of NDC and participated fully in the campaigns in 1992 and 1996. I traveled with Prof. Mills all over the country. I have participated in almost all the campaign of the NDC. I have been in politics.”
“I bring a technocratic background. I have been involved in the writing of the NDC manifesto since 1992. We shouldn’t separate technocrats from politicians; they are mixed up from various parts.”
The vice-presidential nominee will be appearing before the Appointments Committee of Parliament on August 6 for vetting. He believes he will sail through smoothly since he has no cobwebs in his cupboard.
He said: “Parliament can ask all the questions and I’ll provide all the answers. I’ll tell them what my life has been and my experiences. From a modest background I have been able to succeed and that is the lesson I want the Ghanaian youth to learn.”
By Kent Mensah/Citifmonline.com/Ghana