The New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday made a last minute move described by close associates and top party executives as “a clever decision” aimed at ensuring his party makes a lot more political capital out of the ongoing Alfred Woyome saga.
At a crucial National Council of Elders Meeting of the NPP, Nana Addo deferred the naming of his running mate for this year’s presidential elections until March. Insiders say the decision was to allow the npp sustain the rising pressure on the Mills administration over the never-ending Woyome saga.
Insiders told Citi News after the meeting that although Nana Addo was ready to submit his choice of running mate to the party elders, good counsel prevailed the timing of the announcement could divert public discuss, which until now has been about the widely publicised Woyome Saga, thereby easing the intense pressure on the Mills administration.
It comes just days after the Information Ministry admitted that the Woyome judgment debt saga could cost the Mills-Mahama ticket votes at the December polls.
A Deputy Information Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, reportedly told Accra-based Radio Gold over the weekend that: “I honestly think that this whole Woyome affair is causing enough headaches and could be the singular most debilitating hurdle that could work against the re-election of Professor Mills and so every conduct and every statement on this matter must be watched. This is the time for a lot of maturity…”
Pollster Ben Ephson shares in the view of npp insiders. He said any announcement by the main opposition party in respect of the vice presidential candidate will take the heat on the ruling government.
Mr. Ephson told Joy FM the NPP may be delaying the announcement for good reasons.