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Napo Is Not A Good Choice For Running Mate – NPP National Council Member



Andy Appiah Kubi

A key figure in the National Council of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Andy Appiah-Kubi, has voiced his disapproval regarding the running mate candidate proposed by the party’s flagbearer, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, for the upcoming 2024 general elections.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Asante Akim North, Appiah-Kubi, publicly expressed his concerns following the announcement that Dr. Bawumia had selected Energy Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh as his running mate. The selection was presented to President Nana Akufo-Addo during a meeting at the Jubilee House on Tuesday, June 25.

According to JoyNews’ Presidential Affairs correspondent, Elton Brobbey, President Akufo-Addo offered advice and shared his thoughts on the choice but ultimately accepted Dr. Bawumia’s decision.

Appiah-Kubi, however, has expressed his reservations, stating that Dr. Opoku Prempeh is not the right choice for the party. He contends that the Energy Minister lacks the support of the entire NPP base, particularly among MPs. “I wouldn’t speak to a majority because we have not been consulted as a caucus for us to state our position. But for me, Appiah-Kubi, you can solicit my view on that. If it were up to me to choose, I wouldn’t choose him. He is not my preference. ‘Appiah-Kubi is saying that he is not my preference’, but that doesn’t mean he is not qualified,” he remarked.

When asked about his own preference for the role, Appiah-Kubi indicated that he would favor a candidate who is more attuned to the grassroots and capable of delivering votes. He emphasized the need for a running mate who would be open with the people, support the presidency, and help bridge the gap between Parliament and the executive.

“I would want somebody who would be open with the people on the ground, who would be able to deliver the votes, who would submit to the presidency, and who would be important in bringing Parliament closer to the executive,” Appiah-Kubi stated.

He further elaborated that the ideal candidate should be able to campaign effectively across various constituencies and be seen as a supportive figure by MPs. “I don’t see that happening in this equation. He cannot hold my hand, so why would I say that I prefer him? He cannot hold my hand,” Appiah-Kubi concluded.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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