Former deputy minister for Agriculture, William Quaitoo has tipped vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as the best person to succeed President Akufo-Addo as the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) presidential candidate in the near future.
According to him, there is currently no one in the NPP who is better placed than the vice president to lead the NPP in future elections.
Speaking on the Starr Chat show on Starr FM, Mr Quaitoo said having Dr Bawumia succeed president Akufo-Addo as the party’s flag bearer will go a long way to erase perceptions that the NPP is an “Akan party”.
“Yes, in the sense that NPP has been treated for far too long as being an Akan party,” the former Agric minister responded when asked if Dr Bawumia is best placed to succeed Akufo-Addo in future.
“Though his [Dr. Bawumia] tribe are in the minority, I think seriously that if NPP should elect Dr. Bawumia as our next flag bearer when Nana steps down it will go a long way to erase this erroneous impression.”
Mr Quiatoo was forced to resign from his post as deputy Agric minister after he described the people of Northern Ghana as “difficult” and “not trust-worthy”.
However, he later rendered an unqualified apology, insisting his comments were not deliberate and did not mean to denigrate Northerners.
But he has now backed ‘northerner’ Dr Bawumia to become the NPP’s next flagbearer, saying “if the time comes and I’m alive and Dr. Bawumia is contesting with another person I will campaign for him to win as the next flag bearer.”