As the New Patriotic Party (NPP) prepares to elect a flagbearer for the 2024 general elections, some polling station executives have accused Members of Parliament of inducing delegates with cash to support the candidature of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
The polling station executives’ spokesperson, Frederick Owusu, stated that the MPs want to impose Dr. Bawumia on the delegates.
Addressing a press in Kumasi on Thursday, March 16, 2023, Frederick Owusu said “we have observed that some Members of Parliament holding juicy appointments and contracts in the current administration have been moving from funeral to funeral and granting interviews endorsing Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as well as forcing him on the throat of NPP polling station executives to accept him as the 2024 presidential candidate. We want to send a strong signal to those Members of Parliament to desist from such a campaign.
“We, the grassroots and delegates want to send a strong signal to these Members of Parliament to desist from such a campaign. It is believed that the office of the Vice President has promised those MPs huge cash. We are hereby saying that NPP is not for sale.”
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Some delegates in the Ashanti Region appear to have created a new slogan called Bawumia Must Win (BMW), which is led by Bernard Antwi Bosiako, also known as Chairman Wontumi, the NPP’s Ashanti Regional Chairman.
According to reports, the new slogan has taken over the elephant fraternity in the region, as delegates prepare to elect Dr. Bawumia as the party’s flagbearer for the 2024 general elections.
Delegates of the party, including some MPs, Regional and Constituency executives, could be heard loudly chanting the slogan at a program organized by Chairman Wontumi to unveil a group aligned with Dr. Bawumia aimed at canvassing votes for him.
Chairman Wontumi believes Dr. Bawumia is the best candidate to assist the NPP in retaining the presidency in 2024.
However, political analysts in Ghana believe the NPP’s flagbearership election will be a watershed moment for the party, as it will either make or break the party.
Dr. Bawumia, Trade and Industry Minister John Alan Kyerematen, and Assin North Central MP Kennedy Agyapong are the front-runners.