Asantehene Gives NAPO Warning During NPP Running Mate Unveiling: "Don’t Let Bawumia Regret"

Asantehene Gives NAPO Warning During NPP Running Mate Unveiling: "Don’t Let Bawumia Regret"

  • Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has warned Matthew Opoku Prempeh against undermining Dr Mahamudu Bawumia
  • The advice was given during the outdooring ceremony of the NPP running mate, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, at the Manhyia Palace
  • Otumfuo urged Opoku Prempeh to be humble and serve diligently to win victory for his party

Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has issued a stern warning to the Energy Minister and running mate of the New Patriotic Party, Matthew Opoku Prempeh.

Otumfuo asked Napo not to disappoint the NPP’s flagbearer, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

He said this at an introduction ceremony at the Manhyia Palace on July 9, 2024, when the upper echelon of the NPP formally introduced Matthew Opoku Prempeh as the party’s running mate to the Asantehene.

NAPO Unveiled As Running Mate Before Otumfuo, Given Strong Warning By Asantehene
Matthew Opoku Prempeh (L) and the Asantehene (R). Source: Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh
Source: UGC

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II said Matthew Opoku Prempeh must not act in any way that would undermine the authority of Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as they partner on the NPP’s presidential ticket.

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He urged the Energy Minister to be humble, diligently serve as running mate, and heed every instruction given to him by Dr Bawumia.

The Otumfuo further commented on allegations concerning Matthew Opoku Prempeh’s behaviour.

He stated that while in recent times, the running mate has been described as arrogant and snobbish, he [the Asantehene] refuses to believe those descriptions.

He said he had not trained Opoku Prempeh to be arrogant and did not know him as such.

The Asantehene said while he is concerned about the description, he believes Prempeh would affirm his belief that he is indeed humble.

He further urged the running mate to be prayerful and regularly seek divine intervention in his endeavours so that what he hopes to achieve in his political ambition will pass.

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Otumfuo also urged Dr Bawumia to report Opoku Prempeh to him should the latter misbehave so he can be chastised.

Afenyo-Markin urges NPP party members to support NAPO

Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin previously urged his fellow party members, colleagues and party supporters to quit infighting ahead of the party’s official running mate announcement.

This was after a section of NPP MPs in parliament voiced their concerns about the selection of NAPO.

Prominent among them is the Member of Parliament for Asante Akim North, Andy Appiah-Kubi, who said Matthew Opoku Prempeh was not the best choice.

Akufo-Addo endorses NAPO

Meanwhile, has reported that President Nana Akufo-Addo has endorsed Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh as the running mate of the New Patriotic Party.

Akufo-Addo described the two as an excellent pair, capable of winning victory for the party in the upcoming 2024 presidential elections.

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Akufo-Addo's comments on the ticket came after the NPP confirmed Prempeh's selection.

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