Information reaching our news desk is that there is a high probability that former President John Dramani Mahama will in the coming days announce the former Managing Director of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) and Bulk Oil Supply and Storage (BOST), Mr. Kingsley Awuah Darko, as his Vice Presidential Candidate for the upcoming Presidential elections.
Before the decision, former President Mahama who is the flag bearer of the NDC was said to have settled on Ashanti Region as the region to produce his Vice Presidential Candidate. This was after series of fact-finding research which looked into the best chance the party could have if it selects the Running Mate from that Region.
Mr. Awuah Darko who made history during the Mahama Administration as the only Ghanaian to ever occupy Managing Director positions concurrently in two oil sector companies, is said to have been told to prepare as the "crown prince" in the party, awaiting his announcement and subsequent inauguration.
Tongues are however wagging over why the NDC leader settled on the Eastern Region (home region of President Akuffo Addo) for a partner, looking at the geopolitics of the country. Worse of, is the selection of Mr. Kinsley Kwame Awuah Darko a full blooded Akyem.
Awuah Darko is a son to the founder of Vanguard Assurance, Nana Awuah Darko Ampem (I) an Akyem businessman, from Begoro in the Eastern Region who was enstooled as the Asante Juaben Nkosuo hene (Progress Chief of Juaben). Kwame Awuah Darko's Mum also hails from Akyem Tafo in the Eastern Region.
Awuah Darko happens to be the direct cousin of the Late J. B Danquah, former MP for Abuakwa North Constituency in the Akyem part of the Eastern Region.
The selection of an Akyem as the NDC’s Running Mate raises questions as to how they expect the Eastern Region especially, the Akyems to abandon their reign on the seat of President through Nana Akufo Addo, and opt for the office of the Vice President through Awuah Darko.
Written By: Stephen Addo