There are strong indications that former President John Mahama will in the coming days announce the former Managing Director of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) and Bulk Oil Supply and Storage (BOST) Kingsley Awuah Darko, as his Vice Presidential Candidate for the upcoming Presidential elections.
Mr Awuah Darko is said to have snatched the much-awaited NDC Running Mate slot, at the last minute, when some advisors of Mr. Mahama made a strong case for his consideration.
He had knocked off competition from both senior members of the party and other young NDC leading members. Seniors like Prof Kwesi Botchwey, Dr Kwabena Dufuor and Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman had had their names in high consideration for the vacant position until the former President was made to settle on Awuah Darko, an NDC oil sector whizzkid.
Before the decision, former President Mahama who is the flagbearer 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, TOR and BOST, is said to have been told to prepare as the “crown prince” in the party, awaiting his announcement and subsequent inauguration.