On Saturday, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was elected as the flagbearer to contest on the ticket of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2024 presidential election.
He received 118,210 of the 192,446 valid votes cast, representing 61.47 percent, to defeat his closest competitor, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, in the keenly contested election.
Mr. Agyapong, MP, Assin Central, garnered 71,996 votes, representing 37.41 percent, ahead of two other contenders: former Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, who received 1,459 votes, translating into 0.76 percent, and former MP for Mampong, Francis Addai-Nimoh, who received 781 votes, representing 0.41 percent.
A total of 193,346 votes were cast, with 900 votes rejected.
In the Upper East Region, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia received 5,218 votes, while his closest contender, Kennedy Agyapong, received 2,111 votes.
According to the NDC’s Talensi Constituency Communication Officer, Michael Nangena, the votes across the country clearly show the revolt of the grassroot members of the party against the “establishment’s” candidate.
He spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, today, November 9, 2023.
“They were bent on intimidating people. Look at the desperate attempt of Dr. Bawumia himself, who made a lot of calls. Look at how he was making calls to a lot of delegates. Look at this—just a paltry 61 percent belief in his capacity,” he said.
Mr. Nangena continued to say that the difficult attempt to sell the VEEP shows how he has failed in his capacity as the chairman of the Economic Management Team.
“It was said that everything in this economy was going to be handed over to him. Today, one year after the end of the NPP’s tenure, what can be said of the economy? He has lost it all. He has run out of ideas. He has thrown his hands up in despair,” he said.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana