The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has refuted claims that it was pressured into electing Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as its first non-Akan flagbearer for the upcoming 2024 election.
The party maintains that the perception of the NPP as an Akan-dominated party did not influence Dr. Bawumia’s selection.
Henry Nana Boakye, the National Organizer of the NPP, explained in an interview with Citi News that party delegates viewed Vice President Bawumia as the most promising candidate for the NPP in the 2024 election.
This underscores their conviction that his qualifications and abilities were the primary factors in his selection, rather than considerations related to ethnicity.
“First of all, we need to understand that his persona, his ability to woo people to himself also worked,” Nana Boakye said, adding, “Over the years, he has also sacrificed a lot. He had to put aside his profession and join and be a running mate for almost 12 years before becoming the Vice President.
“The fact that he is non-Akan, he is Muslim from the northern part of Ghana is historical, but this isn’t the first time we have had a northerner contesting.” he added.