A prominent member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has urged Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia not to run in the forthcoming NPP presidential election.
Dr. Richard Amoako-Baah argued that Dr. Bawumia is not actually a member of the party.
The lecturer in political science stated that he is unfit to lead the party.
“Bawumia is younger than the others, and he is not a member of the NPP by blood. He is not a native. Three times with Nana, he has performed admirably. Initially, he will be pushed to leave by others.
“He was with Nana on their first, second, and third victories. Now he wants another four years, for a total of 16 years, and after that he will very certainly run again. Is he the only individual present? This is the query.”
Dr. Amoako-Baah also stated that Dr. Bawumia’s desire to lead the party into the 2024 elections is causing strife inside the party.
“I want Bawumia to move aside due to the animosity between his camp and Alan’s camp. Bawumia should step aside for strategic reasons. In an interview with Starr FM in Accra, he stated, “This is what political parties do, and in this case, this is what the NPP should do.”
The NPP is preparing to choose its next presidential candidate for the general elections of 2024.
Interested parties include Dr. Bawumia, the Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and Boakye Agyarko, the former Minister of Energy.
Dr. Bawumia and Alan Kyerematen, however, are the two main candidates.
In the meantime, the former communications director of the party, Nana Akomea, has requested that the party abandon its plans for the presidential primary and urge the two candidates to run jointly.
According to Nana Akomea, the two match the north-south balance standards; therefore, allowing them to run will prevent a contentious contest.
“The party should be able to reach a consensus and nominate the two leading candidates jointly. The two leading candidates fulfill the North-South divide for the first time due to a very simple reason. If Alan wins, he will most likely select a candidate from the North, whereas if Bawumia wins, he would most likely select a candidate from the South. It is going to resolve a contentious situation from which the party may not recover.”
“I would like a consensus to be reached inside the party in order for the two candidates to run together. As soon as the party determines that a running mate is necessary, we should defer to their judgment.