Delay in announcing Bawumia’s running mate could pose challenges – Asah-Asante

Senior Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr Kwame Asah-Asante, has urged the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to swiftly announce its running mate for the upcoming 2024 general elections.

While acknowledging the need for comprehensive and broader consultation before finalising the selection, Dr Asah-Asante emphasised the urgency of the situation, noting that time is of the essence as the election enthusiasm intensifies nationwide. 

Dr. Asah-Asante underscored the importance of balancing comprehensive consultation with timely action in an interview with Citi News.

He cautioned against prolonged delays, highlighting the risk of facing heightened scrutiny and challenges for the chosen candidate if announced too late into the campaign.

“The party must be mindful of the fact that time is not on their side. Yes, you want to consult broadly but you can’t spend all your life on that. By now, they should be out with a candidate who has all the qualities that they want so that it doesn’t delay the campaign unnecessarily.

“If you wait, the issue is that you bring the person in, then the person now comes to face with the campaign already set in motion. People will now want to scrutinize the person, they will want to assess the person, and they will want to throw all manner of things at the person and that is the best means by which you can see how best you can shepherd your candidate and then prepare him/her for the task ahead.

“I think the delay is becoming too much. I think the party must quickly come out with a running mate.”

Source: Daniel Sackitey

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