Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is widely expected to be selected as the governing New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) presidential candidate for the 2024 general elections.
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A recent survey by the European Public Policy Institute (EPPI) revealed that Dr. Bawumia has an “upper hand” over other potential candidates for the flagbearer slot.
He will be battling the likes of Trade and Industry Minister, Alan John Kwadwo Kyeremanten and the Agriculture Minister for the chance to lead the NPP in the elections.
After playing a pivotal role in the 2016 and 2020 electoral victory of the NPP by effortlessly swaying thousands of votes from National Democratic Congress (NDC) strongholds in the Northern Region, Dr. Bawumia is without equivocation the only suitable member of the elephant fraternity to lead the NPP in the 2024 general elections.
“I hold Dr. Bawumia in high esteem and have unwavering faith in him,” Ama Busia, the sister of late Prime Minister, Kofi Abrefa Busia, said of the vice president in a recent interview.
She continued, “let me stand up for him. He has performed so well as Vice President and I say no Vice President has worked so hard and performed better than him in Ghana.”
Dr. Bawumia deserves a unanimous endorsement to lead the governing NPP. Any attempt to sidestep for a different candidate will lead to the disintegration of the party along religious and ethnic lines, especially when the party for decades has been described as the ‘Akan” party.
"If we make a mistake and replace the vice president, there will be mass defections, especially from the North," a stalwart of NPP in the Northern Region, Alhaj Mohammed Shukurulah Bamba told Ghana News Agency recently.
Aware of the destructive nature of overlooking Dr. Bawumia for another person, the Majority Leader took it on himself to preach for diversity in the selection of flagbearers for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in what many believed was a subtle campaign to have Dr. Bawumia chosen as the party’s flagbearer.
He argued the time has come for the ruling party to wean itself from the ‘Akan party’ tag by choosing flagbearers from different tribes.
“…It is wise that after choosing two Akans – former President Kufuor and current President Akufo-Addo – we present a flagbearer candidate with different ethnicity,” the Suame MP stated on The Probe on Joy News.
Mensa Bonsu again proposed that Kyeremanten be made the running mate for the 2024 general elections.
He said the trade and industry minister is the perfect running mate choice for a non-Akan flagbearer for the 2024 elections.
In conclusion, selecting anyone other than Dr. Bawumia as the presidential candidate of the NPP will strongly give credence to the assertion that a Muslim will never be allowed to lead the party.
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