President Mahama on Monday, 7th December 2015 informed the National Executive Council (NEC) of his decision to retain Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur as his running mate.
The President after a NEC meeting gave reasons for his choice saying: "I consulted with the council of state and nominated Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, my Vice President as my running mate. Reason being he is able and willing to do the job. He’s got a good track record, he’s been deputy minister, he’s been governor of the Central Bank, he’s been my Vice President, indeed he’s been acting president on occasions I’ve been out of the country. I believe that it’s been a useful partnership. We went into 2012 together, and I believe that going into 2016 together we will achieve victory.”
Commenting on President Mahama’s choice of Amissah-Arthur as his Running Mate for the 2016 elections, Uncle Allotey as he is affectionately called, said on Okay Fm's 'Ade Akye Abia' Morning Show that, he was not surprised and thus described the duo as a perfect match for victory.
“That is the beginning and the end; alpha and omega team which is perfect for us. I wasn’t surprise at all because the two of them harmonize; Amissah-Arthur is the submarine type who approaches issues softly but effectively,” he averred.
He, however, considered President Mahama’s choice in Amissah-Arthur as an honor to the people of Central Region; thus the people in his region are happy the President retained Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur as his Running Mate for the 2016 election.
According to Uncle Allotey, those supposedly youth wing of the NDC in Cape Coast who are against the choice of Amissah-Arthur are not members of the NDC but rather some people who simply want to foment trouble in the party.
To him, every ardent member of the NDC should rejoice over the choice of President Mahama and rather rally their support for the duo for victory in the 2016 election.