Bawumia declares intention to contest NPP presidential primary

Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has told the Majority caucus of Parliament of his intention to contest the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential primary in November this year.

The meeting which was held on May 2, 2023 saw the majority of the NPP Members of Parliament (MPs) endorsing the move by the Vice President.

That brings to nine aspirants which includes Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, former Minister of Trade and Industry, DrOwusuAfriyieAkoto, former Minister of Food and Agriculture, Kennedy Agyapong, MP for Assin Central Constituency in the Central Region and Francis Addai-Nimoh, a businessman.

The rest wereJoe Ghartey, MP for Essikado-Ketan Constituency in the Western Region, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, former General Secretary of NPP, Dr Kofi KonaduApraku, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and Boakye Agyarko, former Minister of Energy.

Nominations will be accepted between December 20, 2023 and January 4, 2024 and the nomination period for the presidential primary will begin on May 26 and end on June 24, 2023.

DrBawumia is considered by many as the favourite to succeed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2024 but must beat off competition from three-time runner Mr Kyerematen who resigned in January this year to focus on his presidential ambition.

The NPP on November 4, 2023, will elect a presidential candidate for the 2024 elections and already the nine aspirants have declared their intention to lead the party and has also announced that parliamentary primary will be held in February 2024.

According to Vice President, Dr Bawumia he would contest the NPP’s flagbearer race and he was prepared to lead the party to break eight years of political party cycle.

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