Former Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh has laughed out media speculations here that he is being picked to become vice presidential candidate for the governing Unity Party, dismissing these speculations as unfounded.
Several local media institutions in Monrovia have speculated that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had handpicked Mr. Konneh to become running mate to UP standard bearer, Vice President Joseph Boakai.
Ambassador Boakai is seeking a third term for the ruling party, but the ex-finance boss, who currently occupies a World Bank post in Nairobi, Kenya, said he has no political intention here at the moment.
Speaking to this paper from Accra on Sunday, Konneh denied being pushed on the VP as running mate. Sources within the ruling party also told this paper that in spite of the speculations that the former MFDP minister is being pushed on the Vice President, V.P. Boakai is said to be weighing the multiple options before him, in ensuring that he gets a geopolitical balance for his campaign.
Other sources say the Vice President maybe pondering over Grand Bassa and Bong Counties, as possible options for his running mate. Mr. Konneh, who is expected to arrive in Monrovia today, Monday, 19 December 18, disclosed to this paper that after being out of Liberia for eight months, he is coming to reconnect with family members and friends.
He said he would use his presence here to visit his farm. He admitted though that a group of friends have organized a thanksgiving service for him at the Monrovia City Hall upon his arrival but it’s just that and has no political implications.
Konneh served the Sirleaf administration as the third Minister of Finance after Dr. Antoinette Sayeh and Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan. It was under his leadership that the Ministry of Finance merged with the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs to become Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.
He remains a very strong confidant of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and the Liberian leader has expressed explicit confidence in his capability to serve the country.