President John Dramani Mahama has once again extolled the virtues of his Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amisssah-Arthur, describing him as someone who does his work with a lot of dignity.
With this exhortation, the President has given the strongest indication yet that he will keep Mr Amissah-Arthur as running mate in the next general election.
In an interview with Africa Watch magazine at the Flagstaff house on September 6, 2015, President Mahama reacted to allegations in a section of the media that his Vice is not visible.
“A lot of people are used to flamboyant type of politicians; he’s the reserved type and does his work with dignity. I appreciate the rapport we have and I have a lot of respect for him,” Mahama said.
He said his Vice President is a finance person and his professional competence is in finance and economic management.
“He’s is my chief adviser and provides me with a lot of technical support on economic issues,” the President said.
He adds: “In other jurisdictions people are used to flamboyant type of politicians, he’s more of a technocrat and concentrates on getting the job done…I appreciate the rapport we have and I have a lot of respect for him”.
There have been strong agitations from other quarters for Mr Amissah-Arthur to be replaced as Mahama’s running mate but from all indications President Mahama appears comfortable with the status quo.
Amisssah Arthur is not a noise maker.
He has the finesse for a Vice President as well as a good rapport with the public. He is anti-indiscipline and a serious person when it comes to working for Ghana.
He is grounded in a mind of independency. He is all about reality rather than wide open fantasy. He is a man of character. He is a staunch Christian and a man of tolerance.
He’s one of the most passionate advocates for the youths. Especially in the area of education.
The chemistry between Mahama and Amissah Arthur reflects a discipline and a healthy political relationship.
But above all, Amissah-Arthur has proven that he is bathed in confidence, truthfulness and selflessness.
The last time President Mahama praised his Veep was in Senchi at the National Economic Forum (NEF). When Ghanaians came together to talk through differences in order to find practical solutions to economic problems.
There too, the President described the work of his Vice President as exemplary because he (Amissah-Arthur) played a lead role before and during the forum.
The continuous thumbs-up given to the Vice President by the President is not misplaced. President Mahama has faith in the man who partnered him after the unfortunate demise of the late President Atta Mills almost three years ago to complete the first term of the administration.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur, who prior to his elevation to the position of the Vice President, was the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, was vetted by Parliament and safely sailed through with his approval before assuming the position.
It was during his tenure as the Governor of the Bank of Ghana that the country attained a middle income status.
Amissah-Arthur has risen through the ranks from the era of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) to when Ghana re-entered constitutional rule in 1992.
President Mahama made no mistake in selecting Mr. Amissah-Arthur as the Vice President and he deserves commendation for his indefatigable effort to bring the economy on an even keel.
A good VP acts silently and loyal, not trying to overshadow his boss, and that's what Kwesi amissah Arthur has done. Amissah-Arthur complements, he does not compete.