Dr. Banda has however, cautioned the party to be very careful in the manner it handles the issue of the presidential running mate.
Dr. Banda said that the party’s decision on who should be Mr. Hichilema’s running mate should be inspired by God.
In an interview with Qfm News, Dr. Banda urged his party to seek God’s guidance on the issue.
Dr. Banda stated that this was because the decision of who should run alongside Mr. Hichilema is one that should unite the UPND and ensure its victory in next year’s general election.
He added that whoever will be the presidential running mate between him and his counterpart for administration Geoffrey Mwamba should equally add value to the party ticket.
Asked whether he would leave the UPND in the event that he is not picked as the running mate, Dr. Banda ruled out that possibility, stating that what is paramount to him is selfless service.