Dr. Gideon Boako, Spokesperson to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has emphasized that the Vice President remains an integral part of the current administration, despite recent suggestions to change certain government policies.
Boako clarified that Bawumia simply has "a mind of his own" and is determined to pursue his agenda once elected President.
Dr. Bawumia, during his recent address at the University of Professional Studies (UPSA) Auditorium on February 7, outlined his vision for the country.
He described himself as a driver's mate who has no control over the direction of the vehicle.
He affirmed that, if elected President, he would be in the driver's seat with power to pursue his vision and priorities.
The Vice President also clarified the role of the Economic Management Team (EMT), emphasizing that it serves as an advisory body to the Cabinet.
He indicated that the EMT lacks decision-making powers.
Bawumia's statements, particularly his acknowledgment of being his "own man," drew criticism from some quarters, with concerns that he was attempting to distance himself from the economic failures of the NPP government.
Addressing these concerns on the 'Mpu ne Mpu' show on United Television (UTV), Dr. Gideon Boako defended Bawumia, stating, "The Bawumia led government will continue some of the projects of his boss, Nana Akufo Addo, while he champions his agenda which is mainly digitally driven."
Boako further highlighted Bawumia's focus on economic data and performance, noting that the Vice President presented facts and figures during his address.
"I was appointed as chair of the EMT, as a sub-committee to Cabinet we do not have decision-making powers but I am very proud of the quality of advice we have been providing over the years to Cabinet.
''The NDC do not want to speak to the economic data and performance Bawumia spoke about.
“Bawumia took one solid hour to build a case that despite all the questions and the talks, the government led by Nana Akufo Addo has constructed over 11,000 km of roads than any government since 1992. Bawumia said it but the NDC couldn't challenge it.
"No government since 1992 has created 1.2 million jobs as President Akufo Addo has done, which Bawumia spoke about, yet the NDC has not challenged the records," he added.