Just In: John Mahama settles on Captain Smart as running mate for 2020?
The flag-bearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC), John Dramani Mahama is reported to have settled on his soul partner for the 2020 elections.
Names of some party big men have all been bundled around at some point but this portal is reliably informed that Mr Mahama who wants to put rumours surrounding his running mate to rest has settled on ace broadcaster, Blessed Godsbrain Smart popularly known as Captain Smart, the vibrant Anti-corruption morning Show host on Adom FM and the current Ambassador for the Ghana Ambulance service.
The decision by Mr Mahama was taken after series of consultations with the rank and file of the party. Among them are consultations with the Council of Elders and the National Executive Committee (NEC).
He is expected to table his choice of candidate to the National Executive Committee in line with Article 45 of the constitution of the NDC which states that: “The Party’s Presidential Candidate shall nominate his running mate In consultation with the National Executive Committee and the Council of Elders” for consideration but Mr Mahama’s mind seems to have been made.
According to a source close to the former leader, the choice of Captain Smart as the running mate was taken in the interest of the party.
Smart’s fair, bold and brave contributions to turn Ghana into one of the best countries in the world which he succinctly and passionately exhibits in all his activities and on his morning show played a key role in his selection.
Known as a strong character who says it as it is, Smart will go any length to protect the country’s dignity, identity and right for all with his will, such attributes presumably will help him to support Mr Mahama’s visions for the country in the right direction.
The source revealed that he needed someone whose passion, commitment, record and integrity are impeccable and that is why he settled on the broadcaster to make the pairing a complete one.
John Mahama believes Captain Smart will help him deal with corruption better than all others lobbying for the position.
Ghanaxtra.com is informed that the former First Gentleman wants to shift from the practice of selecting a typical party person as his running mate.
Captain Smart, a former School Prefect of Apam Secondary School currently holds a degree in communications from the Christian Service University College in Kumasi.
He is currently pursuing a sponsored course in International Relations and Global Disaster Management and Security at the University of South Florida in the United States of America.
It is also confirmed that he is currently undergoing a serious medical screening and treatment at the Tampa General Hospital by five doctors led by a Russian American trained doctor (name withheld).
Captain Smart was met at the JFK airport in New York by some selected NDC big men led by Hon. Samuel Sarpong, the former Ashanti Regional Minister.
We are also informed that he has met the Otumfour Osei Tutu (II) in the United States, former President Rawlings, the Ahwoi brothers and the National Executive Council of the Party.
The present and the immediate past chairmen of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye and Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah are all in support of the selection of Captain Smart.
Last year, John Mahama was at the retirement service of Apostle Opoku Onyinah and let no one take his comments at the function for granted. The population of the church of Pentecost is 10% of the total population of Ghana.
Multimedia Group Limited, the employers of Mr Blessed Godsbrain Smart are getting increasingly worried as they having some difficulty contacting the host of Adom FM’s morning show but we can confirm authoritatively that he is going through serious of preparations of becoming the Vice Presidential Candidate of the NDC.
His wife, Mrs Cynthia Godsbrain Smart who is not a fan of partisan politics is scheduled to meet former first Lady Lordina Mahama, former President Kufour and the leaders of the Church of Pentecost in the coming days.
Mr Al Wahab an expert in international diplomacy and strategy has also been tasked to walk Mr Smart through certain courtesies.
Captain Smart is expected back in the country on the 2nd of October by which time he will be fully equipped for the huge tasked ahead.