Story: Rebecca Tetteh
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has elected the sitting Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as its new leader and flagbearer for the upcoming 2024 presidential elections.
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, emerged victorious with 63.24% in the NPP primaries, securing the party’s nomination for the race to the presidency.
His closest contender Kennedy Ohene Agyapong polled 35.52% while the former Agric Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto got 0.81% and Francis Addai Nimoh polled 0.43%.
Dr. Bawumia’s journey to become the governing party’s flagbearer was not without intense competition and political drama, including a strong challenge from Kennedy Ohene Agyapong and the fallout from the Super Delegates Conference.
The NPP primaries leading up to the 2024 election were marked by fierce competition between Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, a prominent party member and Member of Parliament.
Mr Agyapong, known for his strong stance on issues and a vocal presence within the party, presented a formidable challenge.
Despite his spirited campaign, Bawumia’s extensive experience as Vice President and a carefully managed campaign helped him secure the nomination.
Kennedy Ohene Agyapong’s spirited run for the NPP flagbearer position demonstrated the party’s internal dynamics and the diversity of voices within it.
While Agyapong was unsuccessful in securing the nomination, his contribution to the NPP’s political landscape remains significant.
In a surprising turn of events, the fallout from the Super Delegates conference led to a major political shakeup within the NPP.
Alan Kyerematen, a prominent figure in the party and a former Trade and Industry Minister, decided to part ways with the NPP.
Mr Kyerematen, expressing dissatisfaction with the party’s internal processes, alleged that the presidential primary was being skewed to favour an established candidate.
His decision to exit the NPP and create his own party, the Movement for Unity, underscored the divisions and tensions within the NPP.