The Deputy Upper East Regional Director for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Andrew Atariwini, has mounted a spirited defense of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President and Presidential Candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Mr. Atariwini explained that while many initially thought of the VEEP as one who cannot be “a man of his own,” statements made recently show that Dr. Bawumia is bold and willing to go in a different direction than what the President, Nana Akufo Addo, may have chosen if it means bringing development to the people of the country.
He made these comments when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show today.
“Prior to the speech, I was thinking, what exactly is he going to say? How would he say it? Where is he going to draw the line? Already, the election was historic. Our party has not seen this before, so people were watching what will happen. At the end of the presentation, I saw a charged auditorium that demonstrated that they never expected this. They were impressed. He was bold. If he wasn’t bold, you wouldn’t say that a policy entered by your boss; when you get the opportunity, you are going to look at it. It is not easy to say that. It is bold to say that on my own, this is how I would do this,” he argued.
Vice President and presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, addressed the nation on Wednesday, February 7, where he announced his vision for the country. He spoke on the themes “Ghana’s Next Chapter: Selfless Leadership and Bold Solutions for the Future.”
After his statement, many blamed the VEEP for throwing his boss under the bus. Dr. Bawumia said, “As Vice-President I am like a driver’s mate. But if, by the Grace of God, you make me President, I will be in the driver’s seat with constitutionally mandated authority to pursue my vision and my priorities. So, what do I want to do in terms of vision, priorities and policies if you give me the opportunity, by the Grace of God, to become President of the Republic of Ghana?”
Source: A1Radioonline.com101.1Mhz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana