Long before the flagbearership race of The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is over, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare has reportedly kicked off a submarine running mate campaign amidst tight competition.
The Presidential Advisor On Health at The Office of The President, Dr. Nsiah-Asare is reportedly eyeing the number two slot should Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia emerge the flagbearer of the NPP.
Surrogates and assigns of the Medical Practitioner turned politician are circulating flyers advertising his interest to be running mate to Dr. Bawumia with the hashtag “It is Possible”.
The flyer shows Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia prominently with Dr. Nsiah Asare behind him both in suit and tie with the inscription “Break the 8” with their names underneath.
Dr. Nsiah Asare has worked in leadership roles as Medical Superintendent at a District hospital, Medical Director at the Regional hospital, Chief Executive Officer at the Teaching Hospital, and as Director General of the Ghana Health Service.
He qualified from the University of Ghana Medical School, Accra with an MB, ChB and is an alumnus of the Boston University, School of Public Health in the USA where he obtained his Certificate in Management Methods in International Health.
Dr. Nsiah-Asare is a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS), a Fellow of the Ghana College of Surgeons, (FGCS), and a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons (FICS). He is also a Fellow of the Ghana Medical Association.
Tight fight for number 2
Dr. Nsiah Asare joins the likes of Frema Opare, Chief of Staff who is said to be very keen on the running mate slot as the country’s first female Chief of Staff.
The former lawmaker is said to be touting her Ashanti heritage and her “mother touch” as a selling point to woo voters to help the Vice President win the main election should he win the November 4th votes.
Frema Osei Opare is from a politically influential family and is originally from the town of Wiamoase in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
Others include Minister of Communication Ursula Owusu-Ekuful who is said to be a “personal friend” of the Vice President and counting on him to make her his number 2 on the ticket.
Ursula Owusu’s critics say she is neither Presidential nor Vice Presidential and her attempts to rebrand since 2017 have backfired.
Other names include Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Isaac Osei and Joe Osei Owusu