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How Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia Rose From Political Novice In The NPP To National Asset

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Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is from a family that is deeply rooted in politics from the independence era, but not many people knew him as such, apart from being a technocrat with impeccable credentials in economics.

His late father, Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia, was once the Northern Regional Minister in the Nkrumah government.

Alhaji Bawumia was also a Chairman of the Council of State during the administration of the late President J.J. Rawlings in the 1990s.

Lobbying

The second term of President John Agyekum Kufuor and the late Vice-President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, had almost ended and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had just won the presidential primary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) against 16 other stalwarts of the party to contest the 2008 elections as the flagbearer of the NPP.

Then came the lobbying for the position of the running mate of the NPP presidential candidate, with names such as Mr Alan John Kyerematen, Hajia Alima Mahama, Mrs Gifty Affenyi-Dadzie and Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface emerging as frontliners.

But unknown to the majority of the party’s followers, Nana Akufo-Addo had other ideas.

Surprise

The political campaigning at the time was in full gear and ultimately the search for a running mate settled on Dr Bawumia, who had returned to Ghana in 2000 to work as an economist at the Bank of Ghana (BoG), where he rose from being a Senior Economist to become a Head of Department and subsequently Special Assistant to the then Governor of the bank, Dr Paul Acquah.

President Kufuor later appointed Dr Bawumia as the First Deputy Governor of the BoG in June 2006, a position he occupied until he became the running mate of Nana Akufo-Addo.

He was formally introduced on Sunday, August 17, 2008 by Nana Akufo-Addo, who raised Dr Bawumia’s hand at the 16th delegates conference of the NPP in Sekondi, after the latter had been nominated and endorsed at a meeting on Thursday, August 14, 2008 by the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party.

The surprise nomination of Dr Bawumia sent many tongues wagging within the political fraternity and the country at large, with political analysts immediately writing off the chances of the NPP in the upcoming elections, although candidate Akufo-Addo had described the pair as a “winning team”.

Outdooring

Since his emergence onto the political scene, Dr Bawumia, who was then described as a “greenhorn” in politics, has never looked back. The knowledgeable and intelligent young economist and banker has, from humble beginnings, developed himself by learning the rudiments of politics and succeeded in building his own capacity to become a mature politician who is now a force to reckon with within the NPP and the political space in general.

The Nana Akufo-Addo/Dr Bawumia team had its first shot at the Presidency in the 2008 elections, in which they gave the NDC, led by the late Professor John Evans Atta Mills, and his running mate Mr John Dramani Mahama, a run for their money.

In that presidential election, Nana Akufo-Addo polled 4,159,439, as against Prof. Mills’s 4,056,634, in the first round, but that fell short of the required more than 50 per cent votes to win a first-round victory. That led to a run-off in the presidential election, which Prof. Mills won with 4,521,032 votes, with Nana Akufo-Addo obtaining 4,480,446.

The results, perhaps, provided enough testimony for Nana Akufo-Addo to repose confidence in Dr Bawumia, for which reason he picked Dr Bawumia for the second time for the 2012 elections, which the NPP again lost.

Election petition

The outcome of the 2012 elections led to the NPP raising some concerns about electoral breaches, which compelled the party to petition the Supreme Court for redress.

It was during the hearing of the petition that Dr Bawumia’s worth as a major human resource for the NPP manifested. He excelled as a witness in the box and won a lot of admirers, although the party lost the case.

Nana Akufo-Addo persevered in his quest to become President, and for the third time, got the nod from the NPP to become the presidential candidate. Again, he decided to choose Dr Bawumia, who, by then, was showing glimpses of an out and out political actor. He was arguably a thorn in the flesh of the NDC and its flagbearer, President Mahama, and gave them ‘a hell of a time’.

His main arsenal was the economic lecturers he delivered, mainly from the Central Univesity campus at Miotso, near Prampram in the Greater Accra Region under the school’s Distinguished Speaker Series in 2014.

It was at one of those lectures, which attacked the then government’s credentials on the economy, that he said: “if the fundamentals are weak, the exchange rate will expose you”.

The elections of 2016, like the previous one, were keenly contested and the NPP won with a margin never imagined by pundits.

Role of Bawumia

From that time, Dr Bawumia has never looked back, providing President Akufo-Addo incredible support to deliver quality leadership.

This unflinching support for his boss has endeared Dr Bawumia to the Zongo community across the country, especially after working to ensure that the Ministry of Inner Cities and Zongo Development was established.

Dr Bawumia’s complementary efforts also led to the creation of the Zongo Development Fund, which is geared towards the massive infrastructural development of the Zongo communities in the country.

The Vice-President has, within the last four years, spearheaded government policies aimed at modernising and formalising the economy, notable among them being the interoperability of mobile money transactions, the introduction of paperless operations at the port, the e-business registration system, as well as access to digital financial services.

He was also instrumental in the issuance of the national identification cards, with the NIA so far registering about 16 million Ghanaians. 

The national digital property addressing system and the use of drones for medical supplies are both programmes and projects under the current government being pushed with support from Dr Bawumia.

Northern politics

The man who attended the Sakasaka Primary School in Tamale, before being admitted to the Tamale Secondary School in 1975, has matured from being a political novice into a political asset for the ruling NPP.

This manifested in the exploits of the party in the just-ended elections, in which the NPP won in the North East Region, as well as the impact it made in the Northern and the Savannah regions.

In the past, the NPP found it very difficult to find a place in the politics of northern Ghana, but the emergence of Dr Bawumia has completely changed the dynamics.

From an overwhelming dominance in the regions of the north, the NPP and NDC now have nine seats apiece in the Northern Region.

In the North East Region, the NPP now holds five parliamentary seats as against the three out of six it held in the previous election.

In the Savanna Region, which was also carved out of the Northern Region as well as the North East Region, the NPP now holds three out of the seven seats, up from the one it held in the previous election.

Education

Born on October 7, 1963, Dr Bawumia studied banking and obtained the Chartered Institute of Bankers Diploma (ACIB). He also obtained a First Class Honours Degree in Economics at the Buckingham University in 1987 and went on to obtain a master’s degree in Economics at the Lincoln College, Oxford, and a PhD in Economics at the Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1995.

His areas of specialisation include Macroeconomics, International Economics, Development Economics and Monetary Policy.

Source: Graphic.Com

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Tsikata Files Another Motion At The Supreme Court Today Seeking To Amend His Earlier Processes – NPP Cries Over ‘Delay Tactics’

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Lawyers for former President John Dramani Mahama have filed a fresh process at the Supreme Court seeking leave to amend earlier processes in the 2020 presidential election petition.

The new application was filed at the Supreme Court at 2:30pm on Monday, January 25, 2021.

The Supreme Court is due to hear the 2020 presidential election petition filed by Mr Mahama on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

Ahead of the appearance in court Tuesday, Mr Mahama’s legal team filed another application at 2:30pm Monday seeking to further amend earlier processes.

The lead counsel for Mr Mahama, Mr Tsatsu Tsikata also intends to file and or argue an additional ground for his application for review filed on January 20, 2021.

One of the spokespersons for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo [2nd respondent] in the case, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah who is also the Minister of Information designate thinks that “The effect is to occasion further delays in dealing with the five issues in the substantive matter. Its very unfortunate,” he tweeted.

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EC Lawyers Support Tsatsu Tsikata As They Beg Supreme Court To Bring Forward The Hearing Of Petitioner’s Review

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Lawyers for the Electoral Commission (EC) in the election petition are in support of the hearing of the review of the ruling on interrogatories to be brought forward from Thursday, January 28, 2021, to Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

Their stance is in support of a similar motion by the petitioner in the case, John Mahama.

In a motion signed by Justin Amenuvor, the lead lawyer for the EC, he said the sole reason for the notice of abridgement of time for the application for review is to “facilitate an expeditious trial.”

“That the abridgement of time is necessary for a speedy determination of the motion on notice for review and any further orders this Honourable Court may deem fit,” he argued.

“In the circumstances, I respectfully pray that in the interest of justice and speedy determination of This matter, and in line with the timelines of CI 99 the hearing date for the motion on notice for review be abridged to the 26th January 2021 subject to the convenience of the Court.”

The interrogatories from the National Democratic Congress flagbearer, John Mahama, wanted answers to 12 questions as part of the pre-trial process.

But both the lawyers for the EC and President Akufo-Addo opposed the application.

They argued that John Mahama and his legal team were using the “back door” to seek further information from the EC that was not captured in their petition.

Mr. Akoto Ampaw, the lawyer for the President, further described the application as a “fishing expedition”.

The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision then dismissed the application prompting the motion for review.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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Back Off, It’s Not Your Turn; Allow Allan To Lead Us in 2024 – NPP US Chapter Warns Bawumia

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The Governing New Patriotic Party’s (NPP), United States (US) Chapter in Cincinnati Ohio have cautioned Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to stay behind and allow Mr Allan John Kwadwo Kyerematen to lead the party in 2024 general elections.

According to the US Chapter led by Mr Owusu Afriyie, the incumbent trade and industry minister has demonstrated his commitment to the party for far too long and has also being a qualified Presidential material of the party for more than two decades, therefore, he deserves to lead NPP after President Akufo-Addo’s exit.

Mr Allan John Kwadwo Kyerematen contested Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2007, capturing 32.3% of votes cast and became the first runner-up to the current president who gained 47.96% of votes cast. Allan made other attempts at the party’s leadership in 2010 and 2014 but placed second to Akufo-Addo, who won the primaries.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, on the other hand, was a Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana until his nomination as the vice-presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2008, standing alongside presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo. He also ran as the NPP vice-presidential candidate in 2012, 2016 and 2020 general elections and was the lead witness for the petitioners in the 2012/2013 Presidential Election Petition which challenged the declaration of John Mahama as the winner of the election.

Mr Owusu Afriyie told Soiree News 24 (SN24) reporter Joseph Marfo in a phone interview that the NPP has its own method of selecting its flagbearer, that is the first-come-first-serve approach. For this reason, Dr Bawumia and his faction should soberly back off and allow Allan Kwadwo Kyerematen to lead the party in 2024 just as he Allan did to Nana Addo.

A lot of NPP supporters a few days after the 2020 victory have started calling out their favourite candidates to lead the party. A couple of days ago the Ashanti Regional Council of Zongo Chiefs and some other Concerned Members of NPP stated that Dr Bawumia must be given the mandate by Party executives to lead the party in 2024.

They argued that Dr Bawumia’s unflinching support for NPP aided the party to garner more votes in the five northern regions in the 2020 general election, making him the best presidential material for 2024 polls.

However, the Patron for NPP US Chapter believes that undoubtedly, it is Allan’s turn, “he (Allan) has no competitor because he has served the party more than Bawumia or any other supposed Presidential material”.

“It’s not your turn Mr Bawumia, exercise patience and throw your support to Allan to lead us in 2024, your turn will come but for now you and your supporters should allow Allan to go”, Mr Owusu Afriyie suggested.

He further stated that, even if Bawumia does not stepdown for Allan but decides to contest him in Primaries, Dr Bawumia will not even get one-third of NPP delegates votes.

“Bawumia doesn’t come close to Allan in terms of personality. Even if he (Bawumia) contest Allan, he will not even get one-third of NPP delegates votes”.

Mr Owusu Afriyie disclosed that there is allegedly an agreement between Nana Addo and Allan which suggest that he will take over the NPP’s flagbearership after Akufo-Addo’s exit, therefore, Dr Bawumia and his faction should not underestimate it since it could bring divisions within the party, “meanwhile those divisions will deeply hurt the party’s glory in 2024”.

Source: SoireeNews

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