The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensa-Bonsu, has dismissed speculations about his intentions to team up with Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as a running mate for the 2024 general elections. Contrary to reports, he clarified that he is not vying for the position alongside the Vice President. During a session in Parliament on Thursday, November 23, the Suame MP made it explicitly clear that he is not actively campaigning for the role of Dr. Bawumia’s running mate.
“Mr. Speaker, let me state that there is no contest for running mate, and I’m not involved in campaigning for the running mate position; it should be loud and clear,” Osei-Kyei-Mensah expressed.
The Majority Leader urged members of the minority caucus to avoid speculation and concentrate on the discussion of the 2024 budget statement. His response followed a caution from the former Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, who advised the Majority Leader to prioritize his crucial oversight responsibilities as the leader of government business in Parliament rather than engaging in a campaign for the position of running mate to the NPP flagbearer.
Haruna Iddrisu underscored the significance of parliamentary duties over political aspirations. He urged Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu to refrain from overly focusing on the campaign for the running mate position.
“Focus on parliament and its work and exercise oversight over the minister on behalf of the president in this chamber should make sure that at least before the commencement of the debate on the budget there is somebody representing the minister of finance,” he advised. The ongoing debate on the 2024 budget, which began on November 21, covers a range of sectors.