For the first time, President Nana Akufo-Addo has openly discussed the rationale behind his choice of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as his running mate, despite the overwhelming presence of other highly capable NPP candidates.

President Akufo-Addo describes Dr Bawumia as an honest, goal-oriented individual who is constantly committed to making sure team objectives are met.

To help him rule the country and bring the country together, he further stated that he required assistance from someone in the North.

The President revealed this in response to a query from Association International School student Adwoa Boadiwaa during their Thursday, October 26, a courtesy visit to the president's residence, Jubilee House, where they were joined by other students and faculty members from the school.

“Of all the people, why did I choose Bawumia as the Vice President, my goodness, that is a lot of questions. But em…. I think you are aware [that] in terms of the balance, people from the south, people from the north… I think that for the unity of the country, it is good that we have a leadership where Northerners and Southerners are together so that the country can remain united."

“He [Dr Mahamudu Bawumia] is from the North and I wanted somebody from the North to partner me for the election and then for the governance. He [Dr Mahamudu Bawumia] is also a clever man and I needed his brains to help me govern the country effectively,” President Akufo-Addo.

Dr Bawumia

In addition, he disclosed that Dr Bawumia is among the few honest people he has encountered in his political career and that he admires honest people in general.

“He [Dr Mahamudu Bawumia] is an honest person. He speaks honestly to you. He is not one of those people who you have to guess what they are trying to say, he says what he has to say directly and I like that. I prefer to deal with people who are very direct in what they say. These are some of the reasons why I chose Dr Bawumia to be my vice president” Akufo-Addo added.

President Akufo-Addo first chose Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia as his running mate on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), for the December 2008 presidential elections.