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Sir Sam Jonah Denies Rumors of Vice Presidential Candidacy in 2024 Election

Sir Sam Jonah Denies Rumors of Vice Presidential Candidacy in 2024 Election

Sir Sam Jonah has categorically denied rumors suggesting that he will be running as former President John Mahama’s vice-presidential candidate in the upcoming 2024 election.

Dismissing these claims, the former CEO of Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited emphasized his lack of interest in entering the realm of politics. In an exclusive statement to Metro TV’s ‘Good Evening Ghana,’ Sir Jonah stated, “Those who know me well can attest to the fact that I have no desire whatsoever to enter the murky world of politics.”

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Furthermore, he revealed that he had previously turned down offers to serve as Vice President under former President Jerry John Rawlings in the 1990s. “In fact, if I had been interested, I would have readily assumed the position in 1992 and 1996,” he clarified.

Despite speculations by certain media outlets that Mr. Jonah could be chosen as the running mate for National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer John Mahama, Sir Jonah dismissed these assertions as unfounded speculation.

Internationally renowned as a global business icon, Sir Sam Jonah took on the role of Chief Executive Officer at Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited in 1986, leading its transformation from a single-mine operation into a multinational corporation.

In 1996, Ashanti became the first African operating company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange, in addition to its existing listings in London and Ghana.

Following the merger of Ashanti with AngloGold Limited, Sir Jonah assumed the position of Executive President of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd, the world’s second-largest gold producer, in May 2004.

Sir Jonah’s remarkable achievements have been recognized with numerous honors and accolades. In 2003, he was bestowed with an Honorary Knighthood as Knight Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II and Head of the Commonwealth.

Additionally, in 2006, he was awarded Ghana’s highest national honor, the Companion of the Order of the Star. CNN and Time Magazine also acknowledged his contributions in December 2004, listing him among the world’s 25 most influential business personalities and commending his global impact in management, ethics, marketing, and innovation.

Having received five Lifetime Achievement awards, including the recent Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Sir Sam Jonah’s influence and legacy continue to reverberate across various industries.

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