Mahama and Bawumia exchanged pleasantries and spoke briefly before walking past one another and the former’s spouse hugging.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and former president John Dramani Mahama have met in public for the first time since it was recently revealed that they would be running against each other in the 2024 presidential election.
On Thursday, November 16, the two political figures met at the final funeral service for former First Lady Theresa Kufuor. Both were accompanied by their spouses.
The contrast between the presidential candidates of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Bawumia, and the opposition National Democratic Congress, Mahama, speaks volumes about the intensity of the contest.
They may have chosen to keep their interactions brief and solemn since they were in a somber mood and didn’t want to give an incorrect impression to the public by making too much small talk during the former First Lady’s funeral.
When they meet in person, they typically demonstrate friendliness and pleasantries despite being critical of one another when promoting their different political agendas.
Even though Bawumia is running for president for the first time, Mahama is hoping to make a run at the presidency after losing to President Akufo-Addo in 2016.
They were at the state house to give the former first lady, who died on October 1 at the age of 87, their final respects.