John Dramani Mahama, freshly minted running mate of National Democratic Congress flagbearer John Evans Atta Mills, yesterday talked himself into a storm with a claim that there was no need to compare the governance records of the NDC and the New Patriotic Party in assessing the parties in the run up to the December polls.
Speaking at his official outdooring and the launch of his party's campaign, Mr Mahama maintained that any comparison of records would be a sign of "mediocrity.' The NPP, he said, had not done anything worthy of comparison, and any attempt to do so was a waste of time.
'Comparing of records is a recipe for mediocrity,' he stated over and over. However, the NDC running mate was quick to add that his party was willing to state its records if the need arises because its performance was 'impressive.'
But Mr Mahama, tacitly but perhaps unintentionally, acknowledged that the NPP had performed better.
Earlier, Prof Mills had rolled out the vision of the NDC, predicated on four thematic concepts namely; investing in people, job creation and a strong economy, expanding infrastructure, and an open and transparent government.
He promised that the party will in the near future launch its manifesto where specifics would be given for the citizenry to see that the NDC is prepared to assume the leadership mantle of the country.
According to the NDC flagbearer, some of the problems he will address as a President include improving the economy, and ensuring national unity "after the polarizing politics of the past seven years."
"As President, I will strive to restore public faith in government. And should there any member of the Atta Mills government acts in ways contrary to our purpose and character, rest assured that Atta Mills will be swift in acting," he assured.
NDC members, before the programme, had gone on a float through some principal streets in the city before they converged at the venue of the event.
The police had a tough time controlling the party supporters at the main entrance to the venue, which according to the programme, was meant for invited guests, the media, and party officials drawn from all the ten regions.
After a tense standoff, the rowdy crowd overwhelmed the police and surged into the National Theatre, trampling over the policemen detailed to the gates.
The main focus of the event was to outdoor the running mate and to officially launch the party's campaign team for the 2008 general election