Samuel Atta Akyea, the MP for Abuakwa South has endorsed the vice-president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as the flagbearer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) ahead of the 2024 elections.
According to him, the party will save for itself money and the acrimony that characterises internal elections to pick a presidential candidate if the executives by consensus agree that Bawumia is the most marketable choice to break the eight.
Speaking on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Thursday (26 May), the former works and housing minister said the party can pick the current trade minister and a leading contender for the position Alan Kyerematen as Bawumia’s running mate in the lead up to the elections.
Atta Akyea said the duo will present a formidable force and enhance the party’s chances of retaining power.
“I hold some strong views that my very good brother Alan Kyerematen is very competent, he can do this job,” the lawmaker said. “I am looing at this party from a perspective of a national party in which you will say that the driver should pick a competent mate, the one who will assist him to make sure the passengers are seated.”
He added: “I don’t believe in permanent mates, I believe that a mate can also graduate in becoming a driver. And I also believe that we have been tagged terribly as an Akan dominated party, so we could change the face of our party.
“Bawumia has been the vice president for two terms, but he has been the mate for16 years. I believe that if these two people can look at it well, the strength of Alan Kyerematen can aid the vice-president and the twin can do a good job for this party and our country. It is a conversation we shouldn’t stop and if we see the light in that, we wouldn’t have troubles.”
“So that arrangement of getting Alan to partner Bawumia, we should look at it very well… it’s eminently sensible,” Atta Akyea said.