A former appointee of former President John Dramani Mahama, Horace Ankrah, has disclosed on Rainbow Radio 875.5Fm that, his decision not to contest as flagbearer was a sign of gratitude to his former boss.
He made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with Kwame Tutu, host of Frontline today (Thursday).
He attributed his successful political career to Mr Mahama who has declared his intention to contest.
According to him, from his upbringing, you don't bite the hands that fed you and so, in showing gratitude to his boss, he declined to contest the race which he had plans of doing.
The former Ambassador to China said, the National Democratic Congress, as a party, needs Mr Mahama as candidate to make them wrestle power from the incompetent NPP administration.
He also disclosed that he has not abandoned his presidential ambition and will pursue it at the appointed time.
When asked if he would accept the role as vice presidential candidate for the NDC, he answered in the affirmative and promised to put the Ghanaian at the core of his message to make Mr Mahama the best option for voters.
"I have a reason for not contesting. From where I was brought up, and my understanding of betrayal, I cannot contest him. Assessing my political career and success, I will confess that, former President Mahama played a key role in making me who I am today. And if he is qualified to contest, I do not see myself lining up against him. "