The internal heat within the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the flagbearership is getting much more warmer and at the odds of the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, whom some factions in the party had accorded him the Messiah title for election 2024. A protest had been waged today from the Northern Region of Ghana by a pro- NPP group called Concerned Northern Grassroot of NPP, who thinks it would be riskier for the party to file Dr. Bawumia for the flagbearership come 2024.
According to them the Vice President is unfit for that political role and does not in any way guarantee victory as trumpeted by some other caucuses, especially the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu. At a press conference held in Tamale today, the convenor for the pro-NPP group; Mumuni Abdul Rahaman argued that it would be in the interest of party leadership.and delegates to consider another candidate to lead them to retain political power after President Nana Addo’s term expires.
He stressed that the dream of breaking the eight-year jinx could be materialized through a thoughtful consideration of performance by the prospective candidate irrespective of tribe. Mumuni Abdul Rahaman avers the Vice President had underperformed in terms of Parliamentary results gunnered by the party in 2016 to that of 2020. He remarked that the argument of the Dombo and northern tribe of the NPP having to be granted an opportunity this time is not supported by the evidence of the losses the party suffered in the 2020 parliamentary seats.
“Northeast has six (6) constituencies. NPP won 4. NDC 2. The most interesting story is the only 2nd cabinet minister in the North and only cabinet minister in Northeast, Hajia Halima Mahama was voted out. The 1st Regional Minister of the region, Solomon Boah, my good friend was voted out. These are some of the genuine questions that need to be answered. Go and check the number of seats NPP had Upper West in 2016. 2020, was it the same? Upper East Region, the number of seats, are they the same?
“Our own record. Our own performance suggest Bawumia is unfit. He is just not a healthy candidate. The moment we risk. We risk Bawumia, it is a way to opposition. The 5 northern regions, we gave 18 constituencies to the NPP. Ashanti Region alone gave NPP 42. If I want to establish a yam factory. And I took it to where they don’t farm yam, will I survive in that business?”, he questioned.
In a direct response to the Majority Leader over his tribal politics that sought to advance the fortunes of Dr. Bawumia, the Secretary to the group, Sayibu Gafaru said the statement was illogical.
“Moreover, Akan cannot be restricted to Asante and Akyem. Among others Brong, Fantse, Kwehus and related tribes are all Akans. The NPP also has Ga Adangbes, Ewes and others who have never been elected as Vice Presidents before unlike some of our people from the Northern and Upper Regions. If those people too thoughtlessly said the Vice President’s position is not for Northern, Upper East and Upper West indigenes how could we have had two successive Vice Presidents coming from those areas?”
To this end, the group admonished the party to thoroughly assess the candidate deserving of leadership to lead them to victory 2024, and that they stressed should not be Dr. Bawimia.