In response to claims made by Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, the Campaign Team of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has vehemently refuted allegations that they offered him a staggering $800 million to withdraw from the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) presidential primaries.
Dr. Gideon Boako, Spokesperson for the Bawumia Campaign, issued a statement dismissing the allegations, emphasizing that Vice President Bawumia had not made any such offer to Kennedy Agyapong. The spokesperson described the claims as “ridiculous.”
According to Boako, the Vice President has had no private meetings with Kennedy Agyapong since entering the presidential race. Furthermore, Dr. Bawumia has not instructed anyone to negotiate with his competitor or their representatives concerning the upcoming November 4 contest.
Kennedy Agyapong’s outlandish claims came in response to allegations made by former Member of Parliament for Suhum, Frederick Opare-Ansah, who suggested that Agyapong had demanded $500 million in annual contracts from Vice President Dr. Bawumia.
Agyapong made these assertions during an interview on Kumasi-based Time FM on Sunday, October 29, 2023. He stated, “Does he know the number of people who have approached me, but for the love of Ghana and the delegates, I have said I will never do it. The money they offered is $800 million if he doesn’t know. He should ask Mr. Oppong Bio, if that is what they are saying, but I said no, I will not step down, Ghana first.”
The Bawumia Campaign team responded a day after Kennedy Agyapong’s claims, asserting that the Vice President and his team found the $800 million claim to be “absolutely ridiculous” and a disregard for the intelligence of Ghanaians.
The statement reaffirmed Dr. Bawumia’s confidence in winning the NPP presidential primaries by the Grace of God and clarified that he has never entertained the desire for his competitor to withdraw from the race.
The statement also highlighted a previous unsubstantiated allegation by Kennedy Agyapong that he was offered money to become Dr. Bawumia’s running mate. The Bawumia Campaign publicly denied this claim on September 30, 2023.
The statement concluded by urging the public to dismiss these “outrageous lies” and restated Dr. Bawumia’s commitment to running a clean campaign devoid of personal attacks, falsehoods, and insults to maintain the unity of their party.