The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Talensi Constituency Deputy Secretary and member of the Regional Communication Team, Naoh Thomas Yaab, popularly known as Citizen Thomas, has confidently attributed the failure of the constituency to get one hundred percent votes for their preferred candidate, Dr. Bawumia, to lack of education and old age.
According to the arrangement of the four aspirants on the ballot paper, Kennedy Agyapong was placed at number 1, followed by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia at number 2, Dr. Afriyie Akoto at number 3, and Francis Addai Nimoh at the bottom, fourth.
But Citizen Thomas, who prior to the election was campaigning vigorously for the Vice President, who was placed at number 2, argues that some of the delegates actually turned the ballot paper while intending to vote for Dr. Bawumia but ended up voting for Dr. Afriyie Akoto, who would be at number 2 if the ballot paper was turned upside down.
As a result, the 8 votes Dr. Afriyie Akoto, the former Agric Minister, got were meant for Dr. Bawumia but were mistakenly cast in favor of Dr. Afriyie, describing the process as an internal fight.
“Some of the delegates who cast their votes, there is evidence that they turned the ballot paper. And you know, most of our delegates are in their old age, and some did not have deep education. You see, Akoto’s votes, I am surprised they were trying to vote for Bawumia, but because the paper was turned for them, they ended up voting for Dr. Akoto. But it’s all well; as a party, we believe in competition, so they have also done their best in getting those votes,” he said in an interview with David Azure.
At the end of the NPP presidential primaries on the 4th of November 2023, in the Talensi constituency of the Upper East region, Kennedy Agyapong had 29 votes, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia had 462, and Dr. Afriyie Akoto had 8 votes, while Francis Addai Nimoh managed to get 2 votes out of the total votes cast. This made Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia the winner in the Talensi constituency with 92 percent of the total votes cast. However, Citizen Thomas believes that if not for the alleged mistakes made by some of the delegates, Dr. Bawumia would have received at least 97 to 99 percent of the votes in the constituency.
Source: A1Radioonline.Com | 101.1MHZ|David Azure|Tongo