Togbe Afede XIV, the Agbogbomefia of Asogli State, is now a potential candidate for the 2024 elections as a running mate for the NDC candidate. Other contenders include Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, Eric Opoku, and Nathan Kofi Boakye. There is intense pressure on Mr. Mahama to announce his running mate, with sources suggesting he may stick with Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, who is supported by Joyce Bawa Mogtari.
The Change Makers Forum urges Mr. Mahama to consider Togbe Afede, emphasizing his expertise in banking, economics, finance, and entrepreneurship. If chosen, Togbe is willing to abdicate his stool as required by the constitution. The group believes the running mate should understand both present and future challenges, guide the economy, and work closely with the president.
Traditional leaders in the Ahafo Region nominate Eric Opoku, and Mr. Mahama emphasizes the need for a transparent process to choose the best candidate. The running mate should be a former minister who performed well, was humble, and focused on people’s interests. Mr. Mahama, running for the fourth time, faces competition from Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia of the ruling NPP in the December 7 election.
The success of the opposition NDC’s bid for the legislative chamber depends on the strategic selection of a running partner. The NDC’s strong campaign appeal, driven by economic difficulties, creates anticipation for heated debates in the upcoming presidential election. With economic challenges, including a falling cedi and rising living costs, no political party has achieved more than two consecutive terms since 2012, when Mr. Mahama took over as president.
In 2016 and 2020, Mr. Mahama, despite significant support within the NDC, finished second to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. As Ghana remains a stable democracy in Africa, the upcoming election is crucial, with the opposition NDC aiming to address economic challenges.
The value of the cedi has fallen, and the cost of living has risen due to the economic crisis, making the NDC more appealing to many. The selection of a suitable running mate is pivotal, as it goes beyond ceremonial duties; strategically, it could change the game.
Since July 2012, when Mr. Mahama took over as president, he has been striving for re-election, having initially assumed the role after President John Atta Mills’ passing. With the historical context of no party securing more than two terms consecutively, the 2024 election is anticipated to be a tightly contested and closely watched political event.