NPP flagbearer polls: Ken picks 1, Bawumia, Akoto, Addai-Nimoh follow

The Presidential Election Com­mittee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), yesterday, con­ducted balloting for positions for the party’s presidential primaries slated for November 4.

The Assin Central Member of Parliament (MP), Kennedy Ohene Agyapong retained the number one slot he picked for the super delegate’s conference, with the Vice President Maha­mudu Bawumia, picking number two.

The immediate past Minister of Food and Agriculture, Owusu Afriyie Akoto and a former MP for Asante Mampong, Francis Add­ai-Nimoh would appear third and fourth respectively on the ballot paper.

A statement signed and issued by the Secretary of the committee, William Yamoah, in Accra yester­day, said the balloting was done in collaboration with the Electoral Commission.

It said aside from the balloting, the committee had “productive interactive session” with the four candidates for the final lap of the presidential primaries ahead of the 2024 general elections.

“The Presidential Elections committee will release the details of the agreed guidelines and mo­dalities for the November 4 elec­tion in due course. The committee is grateful for the contestants for their continuous cooperation and collaboration,” it said.

The NPP is expected to hold its national delegates conference on November 4 to elect its flagbear­er for the 2024 general elections, having held its super delegates conference to reduce the numbers to five.

What was expected to be a five-man contest is a four-horse race, following the withdrawal of the former Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen from the contest.

The fore runners are Ken Ag­yapong who placed second in the super delegates’ conference polls and Dr Bawumia who won 629 votes, representing 68.15 per cent of the total valid votes.

Mr Agyapong who is critic of his own government has promised to give his contender a “show­down” in the election and bring about change in the country if he is elected President.

Dr Bawumia considered a party favourite following the land­slide victory in the first lap of the presidential primaries has said he is feared by the opposition thus, the best man for the job.

The candidates that emerg­es winner would face a strong challenge from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC led by former president John Mahama who is hoping to return to power in 2024).


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