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Bawumia Clarifies ‘Driver’s Mate’ Analogy Amid Misinterpretations

Campaign Spokesperson Sets Record Straight on Vice President’s Remarks

by Victor Adetimilehin

Dennis Miracles Aboagye, the Director of Communications for Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s campaign, has actively refuted recent claims suggesting the Vice President described himself as a “driver’s mate” because of challenges. This clarification was necessitated following a speech at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), where Dr. Bawumia, the flagbearer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), shared his future vision for Ghana.

Analyzing the ‘Driver’s Mate’ Analogy

During his address, Dr. Bawumia used the “driver’s mate” analogy not as a literal comparison but as a rhetorical device to illustrate the distinction between his prospective policies and those of the current President Akufo-Addo, under whom he serves as Vice President. Aboagye emphasized that the analogy was intended to delineate the separate responsibilities inherent to the roles of President and Vice President. “The driver’s mate doesn’t take the driver’s wheel and drive the vehicle to the destination when the driver is not there,” Aboagye explained during a Thursday evening interview on Accra-based Citi FM.

He criticized the misinterpretation of Dr. Bawumia’s words, stating that those who construed the Vice President’s analogy as an admission of subservience misunderstood the context in which it was used. According to Aboagye, Dr. Bawumia’s statement, “I’m like a driver’s mate,” was a simile meant to communicate the supportive yet distinct role of a Vice President in governance, not to suggest ineffectiveness or a secondary position due to challenges.

Implications for Bawumia’s Presidential Campaign

This incident highlights the crucial role of clear communication in political campaigns, especially as candidates outline their platforms and differentiate themselves from their predecessors. For Dr. Bawumia, setting the record straight is key to maintaining the integrity of his campaign message as he positions himself as a leader with a unique vision for Ghana, distinct from that of President Akufo-Addo.

The clarification also serves as a strategic move to steer the public discourse back to substantive issues rather than semantic misunderstandings. As the campaign progresses, Dr. Bawumia’s team is likely to continue emphasizing his policy proposals and leadership qualities, which they argue will lead Ghana towards a prosperous future.

The discussion around the ‘driver’s mate’ comment underscores the complexities of political communication and the importance of context in public speaking. As Dr. Bawumia continues his campaign for the presidency, his team remains vigilant in correcting misrepresentations to ensure that their candidate’s ideas and intentions are clearly understood by the electorate.

Source: Graphic Online 

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