Sir Sam Jonah Denies Interest in Becoming John Mahama’s Running Mate for 2024 Elections

Renowned business magnate Sir Sam Jonah has firmly rejected speculation that he is vying to become former President John Mahama’s running mate for the 2024 elections.

The former CEO of Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited has stated that he has no interest whatsoever in entering the realm of politics. In a statement to Metro TV’s ‘Good Evening Ghana,’ he emphasized, “Those who know me well can attest to the fact that I have no interest whatsoever in venturing into the murky world of politics.”

Furthermore, Sir Sam Jonah disclosed that he had previously declined offers to serve as Vice President under former President Jerry John Rawlings in the 1990s. He explained, “In fact, if I had any interest, I would have become Vice President in 1992 and 1996 when the position was offered to me on a silver platter.”

Media outlets have speculated that Mr. Jonah would be John Mahama’s running mate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), but he has dismissed such conjecture as “baseless speculation.”

Sir Sam Jonah is recognized globally as a business icon. He assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer at Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited in 1986 and played a pivotal role in its transformation from a single-mine operation into a multinational corporation.

In 1996, Ashanti Goldfields became the first African company with operations to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange, alongside its listings in London and Ghana.

In May 2004, when Ashanti merged with AngloGold Limited, Mr. Jonah became the Executive President of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd, the world’s second-largest gold producer.

His exceptional achievements have been acknowledged with numerous accolades. In 2003, he received an Honorary Knighthood as Knight Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) from Queen Elizabeth II and Head of the Commonwealth.

He was also bestowed with Ghana’s highest national honor, the Companion of the Order of the Star, in 2006. CNN and Time Magazine recognized him in December 2004 as one of the world’s top 25 most influential business people, setting global standards in management, ethics, marketing, and innovation.

Sir Sam Jonah has received five Lifetime Achievement awards, including the recent Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

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