With the New Patriotic Party (NPP) primaries on the horizon, a recent survey conducted by Global Info Analytics has unveiled Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as the front-runner in the race for the presidential nomination. However, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has made significant gains in support, setting the stage for a closely contested race.
The survey, encompassing 4,311 NPP delegates from all 275 constituencies and conducted between October 2nd and 11th, indicates Dr. Bawumia’s lead with 43.5% support. In a surprising twist, Kennedy Agyapong has rallied substantial backing, securing 23.5% of delegates’ support in recent months.
While Dr. Bawumia remains the candidate to beat, the rising popularity of Kennedy Agyapong suggests that the race may be more closely contested than initially anticipated. Notably, 18.3% of delegates remain undecided, hinting that the final outcome may depend on a fierce campaign effort.
In Dr. Bawumia’s stronghold in the northern region, he enjoys overwhelming support, with over 70%. However, in the Central, Western, and Volta regions, Kennedy Agyapong presents a formidable challenge, with both candidates running neck and neck.
The contest in critical swing regions, such as Greater Accra, will play a pivotal role in determining the ultimate victor. Dr. Bawumia currently leads with 37% support in Accra, compared to Agyapong’s 13%. Nonetheless, with 31% of delegates still undecided, the race in Greater Accra remains wide open.
Early Results and Upcoming Challenge
In the initial round of the NPP’s primaries, referred to as the Super Delegates Conference, Dr. Bawumia took a commanding lead with 629 votes, representing an impressive 68.15% of the votes. Kennedy Agyapong followed closely with 132 votes, constituting 14.30%.
As the November primaries draw near, a significant test awaits both Dr. Bawumia and Kennedy Agyapong. To become the NPP’s flagbearer, they must secure the support of over 200,000 delegates from across the country, making the race an intriguing political spectacle that the nation will closely monitor.