It’s now clear that the President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo strongly backs the candidature of his vice president, Dr. Alhaji Mahmoud Bawumia to be the NPP’s presidential candidate in the 2024 elections.
Nana virtually gave out his intentions at Walewale, the hometown of Dr. Bawumia when he eulogized Dr. Bawumia as the “Best No 2” man in the history of the 4th Republic. The number 2 here is being referred to the vice president position of the Republic of Ghana.
Nana’s close buddy and the national chairman of the NPP, Freddie Blay has virtually confirmed the backing of Dr. Bawumia by the President and perhaps; other members of the NPP hierarchy.
He told a section of the media why he saw nothing wrong with the President’s endorsement of Bawumia, although the party will still support, fully, any candidate that the party settles on as its candidate for the 2024 presidential election.
From all the permutations, the race for the NPP presidential nomination is gearing up to be a straight contest between the Vice President of the Republic and the Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen.
This author can authoritatively reveal that Nana’s choice of his Vice President who run with him (President) on all the four occasions that he (the President) has contested for the Ghanaian presidency, is more than just the partnership chemistry that has evolved between the two, within the period from 2008-2020.
It’s the express opinion of many in the NPP, including the President Republic that it’s only a Bawumia candidacy that will help ward off attempts by the Kufuor axis from taking over the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The fact is that the NPP has been running on the Kufour-Akufo Addo aisle all this while. In fact, it became glaringly clear when former President Kufuor assumed the Ghanaian presidency in 2001.
It’s a realistic wedge that traces its roots from the 3rd Republican era where the party’s antecedent—the Popular Front Party was split into two. These were the Popular Front Party led by Owura Victor Owusu and United National Convention, headed by William Ofori Atta, Paa Willie.
While Kufuor and some others remained with the PFP; Akufo Addo and other stalwarts followed Paa Willie to form the rivalry UNC. Although it does seem the current NPP is a monolithic cohesive force, occasionally, such imaginary lines emerge, especially during presidential primaries.
It’s on record that then President Kufuor supported the candidature of Alan Kyerematen in the 2008 NPP presidential primary, although by conventional wisdom, it’s argued, he should have supported his vice president, Alhaji Aliu Maham.
And that conundrum is beginning to play up in the run up to NPP’s presidential nomination 2024. The fear within the Akufo Addo camp is that a Kyerematen candidature is likely to attract back party stalwarts like Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobbey, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe who have long been suspended by the party because of their opinionated critique of the Akufo Addo administration.
Again it’s the contention of the Akufo Addo faction is that other suspended former party executives like chairman, Paul Afoko and 2nd vice chairman, Sammy Crabbe are all likely to return into the party in an event of Alan win.
With the level of animosity between the suspended officials and the President’s camp, there is an expressed fear that an Alan leadership with all these men in the loop will not protect the Akufo Addo legacy.
That heritage, many NPP folks believe, includes protecting members of the Akufo Addo administration who in the event of change in administration will go the extra mile to stand in for ministers who might be picked on by any such administration that is not from the NPP stable.
There is the view that many of Akufo Addo’s members like Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta, Yaw Osafo Maafo, Prof. Frimpong Boateng, Usurla Owusu, Godfred Dame and many more will have many questions to answer, if there should be any change of government.
And these are related to suspicions so far gathering in abortive deals like the PDS, the 170 million Pounds and more judgement debts; the scandals involved with galamsey excavators, the Agyapa Royalties deal and many more.