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My late husband refused to be Mahama’s running mate three times – Matilda Amissah Arthur

Former second lady; widow of Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur reveals why her husband refused to be Mahama's running mate three times

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Matilda Amissah Arthur, the wife of late Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, former Vice President, has revealed that her husband rejected the offer to be running mate to John Mahama three times.

She said her late husband was not interested in the role as the family wanted to always have a private life.

She said he, however, bowed to the pressure of delegates including friends impressing upon him to consider the offer after he confirmed through prayer that the move was “the will of God.”

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Speaking on The Point of View on Wednesday, the former First Lady said Mr. Amissah-Arthur’s initial position was firmly supported by the family who dreaded the idea of being in mainstream Ghanaian politics.

He [Kwesi Amissah-Arthur] himself did not want to take the job as the running mate of the president and three times he refused the offer. It was the fourth occasion that he agreed and he agreed after we had gone into much prayer and we were convinced that, that is what the Lord wanted him to do.”

“As a family, we also did not want him to take it…. We are a very private family and therefore we didn’t want to come to the limelight and knowing especially the kind of politics were do here in Ghana, as a family we didn’t want it,” she added.

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She noted that many Ghanaians misunderstood her husband while he was in active government service as the Vice president of Ghana.

The former Vice President died on 29 June 2018 at the 37 Military Hospital after reportedly collapsed at the Air Force Gym during his routine morning workout session.

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