NPP Founding Member Casts Doubt on Bawumia’s Popular Support as Presidential Candidate

In a recent development within the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, a founding member, has voiced skepticism regarding Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s widespread backing within the party as a potential presidential contender.

Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe underscored that Dr. Bawumia did not emerge as the favored choice among the party’s rank and file. He implied that the Vice President’s victory in the NPP’s presidential primary last year might have been swayed by President Akufo-Addo’s support and financial resources.

He therefore urged Dr. Bawumia to proceed cautiously and reassess his strategies for the upcoming December general elections, stating, “Bawumia is currently in a challenging position due to his lack of grassroots support and his elevation to a role that doesn’t align with the majority of party members’ preferences. These indicators are evident.”

“Without Akufo-Addo’s endorsement and financial backing, Bawumia’s success in the NPP’s presidential race would have been improbable. He finds himself in unfamiliar territory.”

On November 4, 2023, Vice President Dr. Bawumia secured the NPP’s flagbearer position, paving the way for the impending December polls.

In the NPP primaries, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia emerged triumphant with 61.43% of the votes, securing the party’s nomination for the presidential race.

The certified results, disclosed by Deputy Commissioner of the Electoral Commission, Dr. Serebour Quaicoe, revealed that Dr. Bawumia garnered 118,210 votes, representing 61.47%, while his closest rival, Kennedy Agyapong, obtained 71,996 votes, constituting 37.41%. Dr. Afriyie Akoto came in third with 1,459 votes (0.76%), whereas Addai-Nimoh managed only 731 votes (0.41%).

Overall, 192,446 delegates participated in Saturday’s presidential primary, with 193,346 votes deemed valid. 900 votes were rejected, with a turnout of 94.63%.

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