Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central Mahama Ayariga has stated emphatically that he will reject any offer from the camp of former President Mahama to be his running mate for the upcoming 2020 elections.
According to the honourable minister, it will be very dangerous for two northerners to join forces as flagbearer and running mate in an election. He explained that most people have the opinion that if a flagbearer comes from the Northern part, then the running mate must come from the southern part to create a balance.
He added that he will turn down the offer because he doesn’t want his senior brother to lose the election hence his decision.
“In our scheme of our politics, you know that the candidate is from the north, his running mate should come from the South. And when the candidate is from the South, you know the running mate will be from the north. And so I’ve never dreamt of being the running mate of John Dramani Mahama.
“I’m also from the north and we can’t have two northerners on the same ticket. I’m not saying it’s impossible to have two northerners on the same ticket but I don’t think that politically it will be a wise thing to offer the country that ticket.”
“I will because I will see him clearly losing the election with me as his running mate so if I really love him and want him to win and he comes nominating me and I’m hundred percent convinced that people won’t accept the idea that I and my elder brother will all be Presidential candidate and running mate, I will have to advise him that this is a crazy idea he shouldn’t even attempt it,” he told the host on Joy news.
Mahama Ayariga emphasized that an ideal candidate for John Mahama as a running mate should be someone who can influence the voting pattern in some regions and also have a deeper understanding of finance and economic management.