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Ghana Opposition Bids to Oust Mills by Returning 2008 Ticket

March 29, 2012

Ghana’s main opposition party named former Bank of Ghana Deputy Governor Mahamudu Bawumia as its vice presidential candidate, reuniting the electoral ticket that lost to President John Atta Mills by less than 1 percentage point in 2008.

“Bawumia is the right choice for the management of economy and well being of our people,” Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, chairman of the New Patriotic Party, said in remarks broadcast on Joy FM today. The NPP ruled Ghana, the world’s second-biggest cocoa producer, under President John Kufuor from 2000 to 2008. Mills, of the National Democratic Congress, defeated Nana Akufo-Addo, the NPP candidate who is running again in the election.

Bawumia, who was deputy governor from 2006 to 2009, was named the resident representative for the African Development Bank in Zimbabwe last year.

“He is likely to make the NPP’s bid very competitive, counting on his experience, exposure and people’s familiarity with him,” Theodore Dzeble, public affairs director at the Accra-based Centre for Democratic Development, said by phone today.

Ghana will hold presidential and parliamentary elections in December.

Bawumia's candidacy “gives the picture of regional balance,” Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, a political analyst at Damina Advisors LLP, said in an e-mail. Since 2000, both parties have picked their vice presidential candidates from the Muslim north, he said.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ekow Dontoh in Accra at edontoh@bloomberg.net; Moses Mozart Dzawu in Accra at mdzawu@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Emily Bowers at ebowers1@bloomberg.net


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