Kofi Bentil, Vice President of IMANI AFRICA, has urged Ghanaians to provide Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia with an unbiased and open-minded reception. In a Facebook post, Bentil expressed the belief that Dr. Bawumia, who has not yet served as president, should be given the chance to demonstrate his capabilities.
Drawing a comparison with former President John Mahama, Bentil underscored the significance of fairness when evaluating both candidates. He emphasized the importance of offering Dr. Bawumia a fair assessment, considering his lack of prior presidency and the need for a comprehensive evaluation of his potential leadership abilities.
“Every man deserves a fair hearing,” Bentil asserted. “We gave Prez Mahama a chance to be President, the least we can do is give Dr Bawumia a fair and objective hearing. He is not President, and has never been President! I have no doubt he will be better!”
Mr. Bentil further delved into the role of the Vice President in Ghana, emphasizing that beyond serving as a stand-in for the President during absences, the Vice President holds limited power. Describing the Vice President as more of an advisor, “He is like an advisor.” Bentil pointed out that there was a deliberate choice by Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana, to forgo having a Vice President.
Bentil highlighted the constitutional framework, underscoring that the Minister of Finance carries more influence in managing the country’s finances compared to the Vice President. Additionally, he noted that the Economic Management Team (EMT) lacks direct authority to implement decisions; their role is advisory, and the President executes decisions through ministers.
Despite these limitations, Bentil continued, “I trust VP Bawumia. Because he has been the best VP ever. Even under trying circumstances, he has shown himself not corrupt and indeed has been effective in delivering some crucial transformations. “
Mr. Bentil concluded by urging Ghanaians to keep an open mind. “I am entitled like everyone to my belief and choice and I believe he is a better choice,” he posted.
“All the rest of us need to do is give the man a fair hearing. Of course you’re entitled to your choice but you cheat yourself if you close your ears.”
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