April 9, 2024

The former Majority Leader Osei-Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has admonished the Asante Patriotic Network Diaspora (TAPN-D) to respect Article 13 of the ruling New Patriotic Party’s Constitution which relates to selection of the vice presidential candidate.

According to him clause 3 sub-clause (1) of the said article provides that “The Party’s Presidential Candidate shall, in consultation with the National Council, nominate the Vice-Presidential Candidate.”

He made this post on his Facebook wall when he pointed out that it has come to his attention that a publication by a group describing itself as ‘The Asante Patriotic Network – Diaspora’ is “recommending my humble self to the Vice- President to nominate me as his running mate in the impending Presidential election.”

I acknowledge the recognition accorded me by the group, and for considering me worthy of this esteemed position.

The pivot in the selection process is the Presidential Candidate. There was no spirited canvassing by any person or persons to get Professor Adu Boahen to nominate Lawyer R.I Alhassan as his running mate.

Again, there was no pressure on Candidate J.A. Kufour to choose Alhaji Aliu Mahama as his Vice-Presidential Candidate. There was no orchestration to have then Candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to select Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as his running mate.

In much the same way, there must not be any attempt, even seemingly, to bring pressure to bear on the Presidential Candidate on who he should select as his Vice-Presidential Candidate.

The Presidential Candidate has grown and matured in the party. Dr. Bawumia, as we all attest to, is analytical, calculated and purposed in his considerations.

Above all, let us remember that this is the first time that the New Patriotic Party or, indeed, the UP tradition has elected a northerner as leader of the party. Let us respect his competence to do what is right for the party, he added